Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Palmer sidelined by injury

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Bengals rookie quarterback Carson Palmer suffered a torn tendon in his right foot in Sunday's preseason game, but the injury is not considered serious.

Palmer tore the plantar fascia, beneath his arch, while sprinting during the Bengals' 28-13 loss to the Jets at the Meadowlands.

Palmer did not practice this morning or this afternoon but could be back as soon as Wednesday or Thursday.

Tearing the tendon is better than having surgery, Palmer said.

He sprained the tendon while sprinting during the minicamp in May.

"It's been bugging me a little, and I haven't been able to sprint since that minicamp," said Palmer, who walked with a limp after watching the morning practice.

The injury is described as more a pain issue than debilitating.

Palmer said he could play in the preseason home opener Saturday night against Detroit.

Maybe not, coach Marvin Lewis said.

"He hates missing practice. He was trying to do things to get out here," Lewis said of Palmer. "But we're going to take it slower with him than he'd like."

Rookie wide receiver Kelley Washington also returned to practice today after flying to Dallas to get a second medical opinion on his surgically repaired neck. The orthopedist who fused two vertebrae in Washington's neck last November supported the decision of Bengals team doctors to medically clear Washington.

E-mail mcurnutte@enquirer.com

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