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Carson Palmer ruled out for fantasy owners

The Arizona Cardinals’ starting quarterback is not cleared to play after in Week 5 after suffering a concussion. We break down the fantasy impact.

The Arizona Cardinals will not have starting quarterback Carson Palmer Thursday night for the team’s division meeting with the San Francisco 49ers, according to Kevin Patra with Palmer suffered a concussion on Sunday in a loss to the Los Angeles Rams and has been in the NFL’s concussion protocol since. The three-time Pro Bowler did not practice all week and will not travel with the team to Santa Clara.

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians thought there was a shot Palmer would be cleared to play against the 49ers Wednesday, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. The 13-year veteran is considered day-to-day until he is cleared by an independent neurologist. He is expected to be able to return Week 6 against the New York Jets.

Fantasy Impact: It was wishful thinking for Palmer to return to action under the NFL’s concussion protocol on a short week. However, owners should get him back for Monday Night Football in Week 6 if he suffers no additional setbacks. Drew Stanton will run the show in Palmer’s absence.