Cardinals QB Palmer 1st to reach 4,000 yards with three teams

Dec 30, 2013, 4:01 AM | Updated: 3:37 pm

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer had an up-and-down 2013 season, but he reached a milestone that no one in NFL history had before — throwing for more than 4,000 yards with three different teams.

The 11-year veteran reached the mark with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006 and 2007, and also did it with the Raiders in 2012. His 4,274 yards this season were a career high, as were his 22 interceptions and 41 sacks. The former first-round pick out of USC threw for 407 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 23-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers Sunday.

“Personal [milestones] are always nice, but I wasn’t thinking about it,” Palmer said. “It wasn’t one of my personal goals. I wasn’t worried about it, I was thinking about wins and losses.”

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said this season was a testament to Palmer’s resiliency and toughness, as he battled through ankle and elbow injuries as well as a slow start to the season.

“He’s as resilient a guy … I can’t say enough about how tough he is mentally,” Arians said. “You know something good’s going to happen eventually, because he’s gonna keep slinging it in there.”

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