NFL notebook: Season over for Cardinals QB Palmer |

NFL notebook: Season over for Cardinals QB Palmer

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer leaves the field on a cart holding his right knee following an injury during an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Republic, Rob Schumacher)

Carson Palmer confirmed he is out for the season after tearing his left ACL in Sunday’s win over St. Louis.

The injury comes with the 34-year-old quarterback playing some of the best football of his career on a Cardinals team that at 8-1 has the best record in the NFL.

“It’s not easy,” he said Monday. “I’m not going to lie. I cried like a baby last night, and I’m not an emotional guy. The last time I cried like this was when I lost my friend and (Bengals) teammate Chris Henry back in ’09.”

Henry died in a fall from the back of a pickup.

Palmer said he would play again and hoped it would be for the Cardinals.

The injury came two days after Palmer signed a three-year contract extension reportedly worth $50 million with $20.5 million guaranteed.

The injury is to the same knee Palmer injured on his first pass of his first playoff game, which game against the Steelers in January 2006. That injury was much more severe.

There was no contact when Palmer was hurt early in the fourth quarter on Sunday. He had stepped up to avoid blitzing safety Mark Barron.

The Cardinals trailed 14-10 when Palmer was hurt. Backup Drew Stanton was 2-1 as a starter earlier this year when Palmer was out with a nerve injury in his throwing shoulder.

DA won’t charge McDonald

Ray McDonald can continue playing for the 49ers without the burden of a domestic violence case that has followed him all season.

The Santa Clara County district attorney’s office announced it declined to file charges against the defensive lineman in an investigation stemming from his Aug. 31 arrest.

Prosecutors said in a release they had insufficient evidence to charge McDonald. They cited conflicting versions of what happened, a lack of verifiable eyewitnesses and a lack of cooperation by the alleged victim, McDonald’s fiancee.

McDonald has played all season despite outside pressure on the 49ers to bench him. He has 24 tackles, 15 of those solo, while starting all nine games for the 49ers (5-4).

“I appreciate the seriousness of the situation and I understand and respect that law enforcement had a job to do, which is why I cooperated fully with their investigation from beginning to end,” McDonald said in a statement. “I am relieved that the DA’s office has rightfully decided not to file charges. I want to thank everyone who was supportive during this difficult time.”

Broncos’ Hillman out 2 weeks

Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman will miss at least two weeks with a left sprained foot, the Denver Post reported.

Hillman, who has 378 yards and scored four touchdowns this season, was injured in the Broncos’ 41-17 win against the Raiders on Sunday.

Broncos coach John Fox said Hillman was day to day.

Running back Montee Ball is expected to return this week against the Rams after missing the past five games with a groin injury. Another option is C.J. Anderson, who rushed for 90 yards and scored on a 51-yard catch-and-run against the Raiders.

Ex-Vikings safety dies of ALS

Former Vikings safety Orlando Thomas died of complications from ALS. He was 42.

The death was confirmed by the Vikings; Mark Bartelstein, the former agent for Thomas; and Glenn Boullion, the director of Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home in Crowley, La.

Thomas was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2007. He died Sunday in his hometown of Crowley.

Thomas was a hard-hitting starter for seven seasons for the Vikings, the last coming in 2001. He led the NFL in interceptions with nine as a rookie in 1995. Bartelstein said he believes the disease was related to playing football.

Union files grievance

The NFL Players Association has filed an expedited grievance with the NFL to reinstate Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

The NFLPA cited “explicit language in a signed agreement” from Sept. 18, when Peterson was placed on a special commissioner’s exempt list after his indictment on felony child abuse in Texas.

Peterson pleaded no contest Tuesday to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault, freeing him from the court system provided he fulfills the terms of his probation.

The league began a review Thursday of his case under the personal conduct policy, but it said Peterson would remain on paid leave until the process is completed.

That did not sit well with the union.

The NFLPA demanded in a letter to the NFL last week that Peterson be allowed to rejoin the Vikings immediately until any determination of any discipline.

Around the league

The Dolphins confirmed left tackle Branden Albert suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s loss to the Lions and he will be placed on injured reserve. … Rams coach Jeff Fisher indicated he has no plans to replace quarterback Austin Davis despite a fourth-quarter meltdown by the offense in Sunday’s 31-14 loss at Arizona.

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