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Carson Palmer Injury: Updates on Raiders QB's Ribs
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Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer was forced out of the first half of the team's matchup at the Carolina Panthers in Week 16 after suffering a rib injury according to the team's official Twitter account:

 

UPDATE: Sunday, December 30 at 1:19 p.m. ET by Brian Mazique

ESPN's Adam Schefter gave the news that Palmer is indeed lost for the season:

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UPDATE: Monday, December 24 at 4:25 p.m. ET

Matt Leinart or Terrelle Pryor will finally get to start.

Paul Gutierrez of Comcast SportsNet reported that Carson Palmer's rib injury is serious enough that he will not be able to suit up against the San Diego Chargers next Sunday.

While the Raiders would've been underdogs vs. the Chargers regardless, at 4-11, Oakland would be better off losing to lock up the third overall pick in the draft anyway.

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 23 at 2:40 p.m. ET 

The Raiders got more bad news with Palmer, as the team is reporting that the quarterback will not return to today's game against Carolina. 

As of this writing, the Raiders were already trailing 14-3 and had just 99 yards of total offense early in the third quarter. Palmer was 3-for-3 with 31 yards before leaving the game with the injury. 

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Palmer's X-rays were negative but his return remains a question mark according to the team's Twitter account:

 

Palmer completed 3-of-3 passes for 31 yards before leaving the contest. Matt Leinart replaced him as the starter under center.

Surprisingly, Palmer is actually one of the NFL's top passers in terms of yardage this season despite the Raiders' immense struggles. He came into Week 16's matchup with the Panthers with over 3,900 passing yards, 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

Palmer is owned in roughly 73 percent of all ESPN fantasy football leagues, so this injury could potentially impact some championship fantasy matchups this weekend.

The Raiders rank seventh in the NFL in passing offense this season thanks to Palmer, but most of their yards have come in garbage time as they are just 4-10 through 14 games.

Keep it right here for the latest updates on Carson Palmer's status as they become available. 

 

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