Palmer faces old team, tough defense in Bengals

BOB BAUM AP Spots Writer Published:

Palmer faces old team, tough defense in Bengals

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In the days leading up to tonight's preseason game with Arizona, Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis had some nice things to say about Carson Palmer.

Time seems to have healed the wounds from the now-Cardinals quarterback's acrimonious separation from the Bengals three years ago.

"He's gone, we've gone on and everybody's happy," Lewis said. "He played his tail off last year. He's impressive to watch. He's still Carson."

Palmer was the Heisman Trophy winner coming out of USC and the No. 1 pick overall by the Bengals in 2003. He went on to play eight seasons with Cincinnati.

Twice he got them to the playoffs. But his first postseason pass, a 66-yard completion in 2005, ended with him going down with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee.

Four years later, Palmer and the Bengals made it to the playoffs again, losing to the New York Jets in the first round.

Twice as a Bengal he threw for more than 4,000 yards. In eight seasons with the Bengals, he threw 154 TD passes with 100 interceptions.

"When you play somewhere eight or nine years, you have a lot of memories," Palmer said, "and I have a lot of good memories."

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