FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- While acknowledging that he didn't know all the specifics about Deflategate, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer didn't strike an empathetic tone Wednesday when asked his thoughts on how the NFL treated New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
"I tried not to follow it, just because it was everywhere for so long," Palmer said on a conference call with Patriots reporters. "I go back and you follow what the rule book says and you go about your business and you work, and if they tell you not to do it and then you get busted, and what happens happens, then you suffer the consequences.
"I'm sure you guys look at it a lot differently, but I know a lot of players around the league just looking at it; I don't know if you can feel too strongly one way or the other."
Palmer and the Cardinals host the Patriots on Sunday night in the season-opening game for both teams. Jimmy Garoppolo will start at quarterback for the Patriots, with Brady serving a four-game NFL suspension as part of Deflategate penalties.
When Palmer was asked on the conference call if it was his perception that rules were broken, he said, "I don't know, to be honest. Supposedly the balls went somewhere when they weren't supposed to go there. There was humidity, or not enough humidity, or altitude or whatever it was. I don't know. I didn't follow the story. As soon as it came on, I just turned it off because I was so sick of hearing about it.
"Whatever the league comes down upon, and whatever ruling they make is what they make. You don't have much of a decision after that. You can fight it for a little bit, but after a while, you just have to abide by what they say."