Carson Palmer will not play in Arizona’s Thursday night game against San Francisco due to a concussion, but reports that Palmer suffered severe brain trauma against the Rams were completely false.

“There were reports flying around as recently as 10 minutes ago that Palmer checked himself into a hospital (Wednesday) and that he couldn’t count to five and that he couldn’t remember his wife’s cell phone number,” Arizona Republic Cardinals writer Bob McManaman said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “I’m pleased to report on his behalf that the reporting on Twitter was false, that he never checked himself into a hospital, that he’s fine. He was at the facility – although none of us saw him – but he was there most of the day and he’s at home resting comfortably. Bruce Arians told us that Carson is making great progress (and wanted to) get on the plane to go play this game, and they had to say no because he didn’t pass their baseline test. I wasn’t surprised, but every concussion is different.”

Palmer, who was concussed in the Cardinals’ 17-13 loss to the Rams on Sunday, did not pass concussion protocols this week.

“Had he been cleared, Bruce would’ve played him,” McManaman said. “There’s no doubt. Drew Stanton said the same thing.”

Stanton, 32, will start his first game since 2014.

“Average,” McManaman said, when asked to assess Stanton’s skills. “This is only his 13th NFL start and the guy’s been in the league for 10 years. I love the guy. He’s funny, he’s comical, he’s got a very good arm – he started eight games for the Cardinals two years ago when Carson had all kinds of problems and he went 5-3. He was just very, very average. But what backup pretty much isn’t just average?”

Kickoff is at 8:25 p.m. ET.

In other news, McManaman, a Chicago native, shared his pessimistic thoughts on the Cubs’ postseason hopes now that they will face Madison Bumgarner and the Giants in the NLDS.

“The Cubs are going to lose and not make it to the World Series,” McManaman said. “There’s no doubt about it. The Cubs could get revenge on the Mets, (but) they can’t beat the Giants. I hope they do. It’s something I wanted to see before I die.”


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