Bengals' Palmer sidelined by inflamed elbow; Fitzpatrick to get 2nd start
Bengals backup Ryan Fitzpatrick will get his second start of the season, coach Marvin Lewis said. Fitzpatrick started against the Cleveland Browns two weeks ago, the week after Palmer injured his elbow in a loss to the New York Giants and threw three interceptions and lost a fumble while being sacked.
"Yeah, I feel great right now, being able to digest the game plan and having the full three days of practice," Fitzpatrick said after Friday morning's practice, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. "And then just the added -- I got that first game out of the way, I've been there, I've been in a live rush situation. I'm going to be smarter with the ball. I'm going to stay within myself and run the offense."
Palmer started last week at Dallas and threw two touchdowns and one interception. He said later that the elbow felt good but that he wasn't always confident he could make the necessary throw.
Lewis said Friday that he'll decide Sunday whether Palmer or his younger brother, Jordan, will back up Fitzpatrick. Against Cleveland, Jordan was designated the team's second quarterback.
"Ryan will start the game on Sunday," Lewis said, according to the Enquirer. "I think he will be very well prepared. He's had a great week of work that he needs. He'll be ready to go."
Palmer had strained his right elbow in a loss to the Giants on Sept. 21, when his arm was hit while he threw a pass. He sat out the Browns game the following week, and didn't participate in passing drills the first two days of practice last week, giving the elbow time to heal. He threw on Friday and played in a 33-21 loss at Dallas that left the Bengals (0-5) at the bottom of the NFL.
Palmer went 23-of-39 for 217 yards and a pair of touchdowns with one deflected interception against the Cowboys. Several of his passes were uncharacteristically off the mark. Palmer said the elbow injury didn't affect his throwing, but made him more cautious about what he tried to do.
"There were a couple times where I didn't have the confidence I normally have, just because my arm's not the same as previous to the injury," he said. "As far as throwing balls, I felt like I missed a couple of throws I shouldn't have missed. But the only thing I noticed was just a little less confidence in throwing some. I saw holes [in the coverage] in certain spots that I kind of held back on and moved on to the next guy."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.