Big mistake. That is the first thing that comes to my mind when I read that Bengals QB Carson Palmer is planning to play next Monday night when the Bengals take the field at home against the Packers. Palmer said that if he knee does not swell up, that he plans on taking the field for the first time since tearing up his knee in a playoff loss to the Steelers last January.
This is wrong on so many levels, I don’t even know where to start. First off, I understand his longing to want to get back to action, but I think with the injuries he sustained, getting back this soon would be a big mistake. Palmer is the present and future of the Bengals, and another injury like last January would not only put the season on the shelf, but how about his career?
Why rush him back? The Bengals put up 44 on Friday at Buffalo, but yet they are in a hurry to get Palmer back to start him opening day in KC? Does not make sense. This could be a decision that haunts coach Marv Lewis forever if he watches his franchise player go down in a meaningless preseason game against the Packers.
I know that Palmer has been working out during camp, but the game speed and what he will see Monday as compared to camp is a ton different. If he takes a hit and the knee gets damaged again, look for the Bengals to fight it out with the Browns for the basement in the AFC North, and look for Palmer’s career to be in doubt.
If I am Marvin Lewis, tell Palmer to chill, sit him till week two at home against the Browns, and then take your chances. No need to risk the season now.