Jason La Canfora: ‘Strong Degree Of Concern Over Palmer’

CBSSports.com NFL insider Jason La Canfora dropped by The Morning Show on Friday to talk a little football, but first he talked a little trash – to Dana Jacobson, in particular.

La Canfora’s favorite baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles, beat Jacobson’s favorite team, the Detroit Tigers, in the Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday. The Orioles erupted for eight runs in the eighth inning to turn a 4-3 nail-biter into a 12-3 no-doubter.

Game 2 is Friday at 12:07 p.m. ET, with Justin Verlander to oppose Wei-Yin Chen.

“She can come down here and watch today’s butt-whopping in the flesh,” La Canfora said, inviting Jacobson to the game. “I’ll get her into Camden Yards if she gets down here.”

“That’s all right,” Jacobson countered. “You know what? I’ve seen my Tigers in the postseason so much because we’re that good. We’re there year in, year out. So I’m okay. I can watch on TV.”

The Orioles won the AL East for the first time since 1997.

“Do you want me to talk trash?” Jacobson asked. “I can’t talk trash about last night. I’ll put Justin Verlander out there on the mound. We’ll see what happens today.”

Fair enough.

Moving to the (NFL) field, Brandon Tierney inquired about the prognosis of Carson Palmer. The Arizona quarterback has been diagnosed with an axillary nerve contusion in his right shoulder. The shoulder is still structurally sound and won’t require surgery, but this injury is both unpredictable and hard to navigate.

The Cardinals (3-0) may be undefeated, but how worried should they be right now?

“There’s definitely a strong degree of concern at this point,” La Canfora said. “I mean, they obviously are coming off the bye. Going into that bye, he seemed to be on the mend. He was ramping up his throwing each day. He was raving about how everything felt. And through that weekend and into the following week when they returned to practice, things had regressed. He didn’t have the same control over the ball, didn’t have the same kind of feel up and down his arm and in that shoulder. He goes for a second opinion and it is very unpredictable. No one exactly has a chart for how this is going to be every 12 hours leading up to game time. He may ramp things up today, wake up Saturday and feel great. Or we could be talking about this three weeks from now and maybe he’s getting shut down.”

Drew Stanton, to his credit, has quarterbacked the Cardinals to two straight wins: 25-14 over the Giants and 23-14 over the 49ers. Stanton went a combined 32-of-62 (51.6 percent) for two touchdowns in the wins.

“The positive is they’ve won two games with Stanton as their quarterback,” La Canfora said. “But they’re clearly more limited in what they can do vertically when they don’t have Carson Palmer. And in Bruce Arians’ offense, he wants to be very diverse vertically.”

Arizona plays the Broncos (2-1) in Denver this Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET.

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