Bengals' Palmer says he's not injured

From Chris Mortensen of

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer insisted Monday that there is nothing wrong with his health or his arm in response to mounting questions from observers -- including team owner Mike Brown -- about his decline in production, especially after a 94-yard passing performance in Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Palmer, who bypassed the option of Tommy John surgery in 2008 to repair a ligament injury in his throwing elbow, has thrown just four touchdown passes in the past six games after throwing 13 in the first seven. He also had 30-plus passing attempts in five of his first seven games but has had none in the past four, leading to speculation about his arm again.

"My elbow is 101 percent," Palmer told ESPN. "My body is great. The Bengals are not protecting me. We went into a tough place [Minnesota] to play and laid an egg. We realize that as a team, an offense, a passing offense and we will bounce back in the passing game. There's nothing wrong with my arm and we're going to come out firing this week."

The Bengals, who play the Chargers in San Diego on Sunday, lead the AFC North with a 9-4 record. Palmer told ESPN recently that compiling gaudy statistics does not motivate him -- only making the playoffs and a Super Bowl are the primary objectives. Thus, as the Bengals have become a consistent running team with a much-improved defense, the one lagging part of the offense is the passing game.


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