The Arizona Cardinals dominated the New York Jets on Monday Night and cruised to a 28-3 victory, but they did hit a couple speed bumps along the way.
Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer left the game in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury. Wide receiver Jaron Brown joined Palmer on the sidelines after he suffered a knee injury late in the fourth quarter.
Neither returned to the game, but that probably doesn’t indicate how serious the injuries actually are. With a four-possession lead, there was no reason for Cardinals coach Bruce Arians to push them back into the game.
Palmer was 23-of-34 for 213 yards and a touchdown before exiting. Brown had four catches for 35 yards.
The 36-year-old quarterback doesn’t appear to have the same magic as he had last year. He entered Monday’s game with just a 58.8 completion percentage. Although he completed 67.6 percent of his passes versus the Jets, he averaged just 6.3 yards per attempt.
After leading the league with an 8.7 yards per attempt average and completing 63.7 percent of his passes for 35 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last season, Palmer entered Monday’s game ranked 13th in the league in yards per pass. He also has seven touchdowns and five interceptions.
Brown isn’t a major part of the Cardinals offense, but he can play an important role when everything on Arizona’s offense is clicking. Brown has 11 catches for 187 yards and one touchdown this season. He has 51 receptions, 665 yards and five scores in 53 career games.