Carson Palmer Now Unlikely To Start For Raiders In Week 7, According To Report

The Raiders acquired Carson Palmer on Tuesday and, despite several reports that he's expected to start on Sunday, the latest news says that's now unlikely to happen.

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Carson Palmer Will Start For Raiders In Week 7, According To Report

The Oakland Raiders have apparently made their decision on the question of who will be the starting quarterback this weekend and the answer is Carson Palmer. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wednesday morning that the Raiders are expected to start Palmer this weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs.

In Tuesday night's introductory press conference, head coach Hue Jackson wouldn't say who was starting for the Raiders in Week 7 but on Wednesday morning Raiders offensive coordinator Al Saunders strongly suggested that it would be Palmer.

ESPN's report confirms what we thought: Palmer is starting.

Saunders talked with 610 Sports in Kansas City on Wednesday morning and his words didn't bode well for Kyle Boller, the Raiders other option at quarterback.

"He walked out on the field yesterday and everybody kind of looked at everybody and said, 'You know what, this is a real quarterback.' That was the comment made by a couple of people as they just watched him throw. It just depends on how quickly he feels comfortable in what we're doing and that shouldn't take too long."

So it'll be Palmer on Sunday against the Chiefs just five days after the Raiders made the blockbuster trade to acquire him.


Carson Palmer Trade: Hue Jackson Introduces Palmer, Won't Commit On His Debut

Raiders coach Hue Jackson officially introduced Carson Palmer to the media today, and he wasn't shy about setting the bar high, announcing the acquisition was "the greatest trade in football." Can Palmer live up to Jackson's praise, not to mention the Raiders' investment of two first-round picks? He admitted the expectations were heavy, calling it a "tremendous burden." 

"I was telling someone just a little while ago that I went to bed at 10:30 a retired football player and got a text message at 4 a.m. and was told to get on a plane to Oakland," he added. "So, it's been a whirlwind, and I understand what's expected of me. I have played in this league for eight years, I know what it's about.

"I know what playing quarterback is about, and it's about winning. I want to come in and contribute and do whatever I can to help this team."

But exactly when Palmer will have a chance to help the team remains to be seen. In addition to learning the playbook and getting acquainted with his new teammates, he said he needs to work on his conditioning.

"It's going take some time," he said. "I think the only way you can get in football shape is by playing football. 

"You can run wind sprints and lift weights and all those things but calling a play in the huddle when you're tired, after you just ran, you get the wind knocked out of you, getting up off the ground, ready to talk in the huddle, catching your breath, that's football shape, and they only way to do that is in practice and in games."

So is there any chance Palmer will start this Sunday? Jackson refused to say one way or the other. "You think I'm going to tell you that right now? You know me a little bit better than that," he said.

"OK, all you guys try, I'm not going to let that out of the bag just yet. But you've got to be ready for anything from me. I think you know that. We'll see as we continue to move through the week exactly where we are."

If Palmer doesn't start in Week 7, Kyle Boller will likely get the nod. After Jason Campbell left last Sunday's game with a broken collarbone, Boller completed 8-of-14 passes for 100 yards.

As a followup to Jackson's claim that this was the "greatest trade in football," he was asked what the second greatest trade was. His answer?

"I'll let you know when we make it." 

For the full transcript of introductory Palmer's press conference, check out Tim Kawakami's blog at the Mercury News. To see what Raiders fans think about Palmer's acquisition, check out Silver and Black Pride.


Bengals' Mike Brown Explains Carson Palmer Trade

The Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders completed a blockbuster trade that will send Carson Palmer to Oakland in exchange for a 2012 first round pick and a conditional pick in 2013 that could turn into another first rounder. It's a major trade that comes as a surprise to many because Bengals owner Mike Brown had given previous indications that they were unlikely to trade Palmer.

Brown released a statement on his decision to trade Palmer to the Raiders and credited Andy Dalton as one of the reasons it got done.

"Several factors made us believe that trading Carson to Oakland was the best move for the Bengals at this time," said Bengals president Mike Brown. "The principal development has been Andy Dalton, who has shown himself to be one of the best and most exciting young quarterbacks in the NFL. We have a good, young football team, and Andy can be the cornerstone of that team for a long time.

"We also find ourselves rather suddenly in position of being able to receive real value for Carson that can measurably improve our team - which is performing well and is showing real promise for this year and years to come. When this opportunity arose, we felt we could not let it pass, and needed to take a step forward with the football team if we could."

Brown was firm in his stance that they wouldn't trade Palmer but when you combine Andy Dalton playing well enough to lead the Bengals to a 4-2 record, and the Raiders offering up the compensation they did, the Bengals really had no choice but to do the deal.

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