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Bruce Arians: Carson Palmer hoping to return for minicamp

PHOENIX -- Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is two months removed from surgery to repair his left ACL and is already “so far” ahead of schedule, coach Bruce Arians said.

Arians said on SiriusXM NFL Radio from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, that Palmer could return to the field by spring.

“He’s hoping to be back for the mandatory minicamp,” Arians said Tuesday. “I wouldn’t put it past him to be to be out there in some of the OTAs.”

A typical recovery from an ACL surgery can take anywhere from six to nine months, depending on a few factors including age and severity of the injury. Palmer was initially expected to return in June or July.

Arians also said backup quarterback Drew Stanton “should be ready to go” after a right knee injury caused him to miss the last three games of the season, including Arizona’s wild card loss.