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QB Palmer Returns to Take 11-on-11 Drills for the First Time

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Carson Palmer is cleared and ready for his first live 11-on-11 action of the offseason, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

The Cardinals’ veteran quarterback said he’ll take his first 11-on-11 snaps against a live defense during Tuesday’s minicamp.

“I’m ready. I’m excited. I’m 100 percent. I’m cleared,” Palmer told ESPN. “I can do everything. I’ve tested out. Gotten stronger every week, every month, just ready to get going.”

Palmer said he “actually was cleared weeks ago” but was held out of 11-on-11 drills by forces beyond his control.

“It has nothing to do with me,” he said.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was cautious with Palmer during three weeks of organized team activities, sitting the 35-year-old during 11-on-11 drills that featured a blitzing Cardinals defense.

Arians justified his decision by saying he didn’t trust the rookies to be careful around Palmer’s reconstructed left knee. Palmer tore his left ACL in Week 10 last season.

Toward the end of OTAs, Palmer began practicing in 11-on-11 situations against a defense that didn’t rush him.

But Palmer said he’s not worried about a rookie being overly aggressive and accidentally taking him out because “it’s a tough team to make and guys are doing what they can.”

He said he understands they’re most likely not thinking about his knee.

“That’s life,” Palmer said. “That’s the job. I don’t think much about it.

“I feel great,” he said. “I probably never worked this hard in my life and I’ve always worked hard. I feel as fast as I’ve ever been, as quick as I’ve ever been, I’m stronger than I’ve ever been just because I’ve been going since late November. So, I feel great. Just looking forward to tomorrow.”

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