In a season full of bad news for Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, he finally got some good news.
Palmer is not expected to undergo surgery this offseason, a Bengals source said. The quarterback’s elbow injury, which has sidelined him since early October and prevented him from throwing for eight weeks, has recovered enough to where Palmer actually threw twice this week without discomfort. He is expected to continue throwing as well, which is what Cincinnati had been hoping.
The Bengals now believe Palmer is good to go, and he will not need the surgery that had been debated.
Unfortunately for the Bengals, the offensive tackle that they slapped their franchise tag on last season, Stacy Andrews, will need surgery. Late during last Sunday’s win over Cleveland, Andrew suffered a devastating knee injury that will require reconstructive knee surgery in the next week. He is expected to be sidelined eight months, and Cincinnati is hoping that if the recovery goes as expected, Andrews could be ready for the start of training camp.
But Andrews was also scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. He signed the $7.445 million franchise tag that Cincinnati gave him last winter, and might have been able to cash in this winter. But now, Andrews will spend his time rehabbing rather than negotiating.
It’s a crushing blow, but other offensive linemen have made their way back from knee injuries as tough as this one.