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ffbf86fca41b6bd8196385976980c436_crop_northArizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer made his long anticipated return to full practice on Tuesday after suffering a season ending ACL tear in a game last November. He took snaps and made throws in 11-on-11 drills during the first day of the Cardinal’s 3 day June mini-camp. When practice had ended, Palmer had this to say about if he felt he accomplished something: “No,” Palmer said. “This is just one of the many steps in a long road. This was the goal from the get-go, from Nov. 18 on, and it’s just one goal achieved. There’s a lot bigger goals and a number of goals still to go.”

He espnapi_nfl_g_palmer_jv_576x324_wmainadmitted to feeling rusty and feeling the long layoff in his footwork on running plays, and facing pass rush pressure and coverage. “You have these surgeries and you start the walking process, the jogging process, St+Louis+Rams+v+Arizona+Cardinals+41JR16olNv4lthe running process. You reteach the foot, the knee, the leg the technique of each of those steps,” Palmer said. “I’ve got a long ways to go, a lot of work to do, but I’m where I expected to be.”

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Carson looked strong and likes the fact he was critical of himself. “Of the 100 balls he threw, he only had one bad one,” Arians said. “I thought his movement in the pocket, there was no hesitation in him. I hope he’s never happy, and I don’t think he ever will be until he hoists that Lombardi Trophy.” Palmer said things felt similar to what he dealt with in coming back from a left ACL injury he suffered in a 2006 playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. “I think that’s why I’m in such a better place now, because I know what to expect,” Palmer said. “I’m not disappointed. I accept the challenge.”

downloadThe Cardinals went 11-5 last season and made the playoffs, but they were 6-0 with Palmer as the starter. He had surgery and worked his way back to limited action in organized team activities last month. “As fast as he can go now. He’s ready to roll,” Arians said. “He’s really been practicing. This was the first time for team red zones and team third downs that he’s gotten.” Carson Palmer already was working long before mini-camp; he’s done a lot of film studying at the team facility and at home to stay sharp. He was very eager to get back on the field Tuesday and said he didn’t get much sleep the night before. “There’s nothing like it,” Palmer said. “When you do get injured and you have it taken away, it gives you a different perspective.”

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