Cardinals' Palmer ready for return, top backs still hurting

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Carson Palmer will take a snap in an NFL game for the first time since tearing his ACL, but it will be a brief appearance.

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says the quarterback will play one series in Saturday night's game against Kansas City, whether it's ''one play, three plays or 10 plays.''

Palmer says it isn't so much that he's excited to come back from the injury but that he wants to showcase the Cardinals' offense in front of the hometown fans.

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He won't be showcasing the team's best running backs, though.

Presumed starter Andre Ellington and rookie David Johnson remain sidelined with hamstring injuries.

Arians says their absence has prevented him from practicing specific packages put together to take advantage of their talents.


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