Cincinnati Bengals trainers have told reporters that quarterback Carson Palmer has suffered a torn ACL that will keep him out the rest of the postseason. There is no torn MCL, as earlier rumored.
Palmer suffered the injury on the Bengals second play of the game. After throwing a 66 yard completion to Chris Henry, Pittsburgh defensive lineman Kimo Von Oelhoffen was blocked into Palmer and fell awkwardly onto Palmer's leg. Palmer had to be carted off the field.
Cincinnati hopes that Palmer will be ready to resume play football during training camp. It maybe a stretch since these kind of injuries usually take nine months to heal.
Palmer led the Bengals to their first division title in 15 years. He led the league with a franchise record in touchdown passes, as well as completion percentage. He finished second in the league in quarterback rating to the Colts' Peyton Manning. He also finished third in the MVP voting.
Jon Kitna is currently in at quarterback for the Bengals, and will remain there as long as the Bengals stay alive in the playoffs.