Palmer's Cincinnati return blacked out

Cincinnati Bengals fans in the local area will not get to see the return of Carson Palmer on Sunday when their former quarterback returns to Paul Brown Stadium as a member of the Oakland Raiders.

The game failed to sell out, marking the second straight Bengals game that won't be seen in the Cincinnati area due to lack of ticket sales, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Palmer retired rather than report to the Bengals last year following the lockout, and club moved on by drafting Andy Dalton and installing him as its starting quarterback. When Jason Campbell was injured last year, the Raiders were desperate for a quarterback and offered the Bengals an attractive package of draft picks for Palmer's rights, getting him to come out of retirement.

Thus far, it is evident that the Bengals got the better end of that deal, as they are 5-5 and still in the AFC playoff picture, while the Raiders are 3-7 and out of contention.

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