Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer suffered cracked ribs and a bruised lung in Sunday’s loss to the Panthers and has been ruled out for the team’s regular-season finale against the Chargers on December 30.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen made the announcement Monday, adding that Palmer went to the hospital after his injury and stayed overnight for observation. The 32-year-old athlete was released from the hospital Monday afternoon, according to a Raiders spokesman.
In his first full-season with the Raiders, Palmer, finished with 4,018 yards, 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Matt Leinart, who replaced Palmer on Sunday and completed 16-of-32 passes for 115 yards and one interception, is expected to start against the Chargers although Allen said he wouldn’t decide between Leinart and Terrelle Pryor until later in the week.
Pryor, who also saw very limited playing time against the Panthers, completed a pass, caught a pass, and ran for two yards in his action.
“No, I think we’ll stick with Matt (Leinart) and Terrelle (Pryor), both those guys for this week,” coach Allen told reporters when asked if the Raiders would bring in another QB for the team’s game against San Diego. “Our plan right now is to work both of them this week. We’ll get both those guys reps in practice with the first team this week and, later in the week, we’ll be ready to name a starter”
Punter Shane Lechler will be the emergency quarterback, Allen added.
Below is a video of Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen commenting on Carson Palmer’s injury: