Jordan Palmer left to buoy Bengals

My brother's keeper: If Carson Palmer, left, bolts the Bengals, Jordan Palmer might keep the starting role in the family. (Frank Victores/US Presswire)

It’s pretty clear that despite being under contract, Carson Palmer is serious about bailing on the Bengals when he not so subtly stated that “he will never set foot in Paul Brown Stadium again.”

And while you can understand that the guy is a bit frustrated after their 4-12 season, his teammates aren’t exactly thrilled that he’s willing to just drop them (Exhibit A: Ochocinco’s tweet this morning.)

But to make things all the stranger, it’s Palmer’s own brother who’s left holding the bag.

Jordan Palmer, who happens to be Carson’s backup, said earlier that he’s been in contact with some of the Cincy receivers and plans to gather everyone in Scottsdale at the end of the month for throwing sessions. If he’s not careful he could end up duct taped to a cactus for just sharing the same bloodline as the elder QB.

Despite his best intentions, he’ll always be the “other brother.” Like in the penultimate episode of this season’s “Boardwalk Empire” when Nucky Thompson tells Eli that he caught Hardeen Houdini’s show, saying it was “engaging action, yet if he wasn’t Houdini’s brother, nobody would give a fig” (or other harsh expletive – HBO and all.)

It’s the Frank to the Sly Stallone. The Dicky to the Micky Ward. And back to the Bengals, it’s the new offensive coordinator in the Jay to the Jon Gruden – the Chucky sequel if you will.

According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, there are 335 sets of brothers, who have played in the league. Of those, it’s rare to find siblings who played the same position. Growing up it was probably nice to have someone go long, like with Doug and WR Darren Flutie. Or at least line up against you like Tiki and Ronde Barder.

And out of all those pairs, only nine were both QBs.

The first came in the 1920s with Dutch and Joey Sternaman.

The next didn’t come around until Craig Bradshaw started two games for the Oilers in 1980 – one of which was against Terry and his Steelers.

And the rest:

Ty and Koy Detmer

Josh and John David Booty

Tim and Matt Hasselbeck

Damon and Brock Huard

Josh and Luke McCown

Of course Peyton and Eli Manning.

And then there’s Carson and Jordan Palmer, who even rarer, somehow landed on the same team (at least for now.)

Coach Marvin Lewis stopped by the NFL Network set on Friday to say he’s prepared to move on without Carson.

In the interim, they have Jordan, who will have to take a break from creating apps like “RunPee” which he helped develop to let people know opportune times during movies to make a bathroom run.

For more NFL siblings, click here to check out a video of the “top 10″ brothers through the years.

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