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Palmer third in Comeback vote

Posted: 9:55 a.m.



Carson Palmer's bid for Comeback Player of the Year fell short of two playoff quarterbacks Thursday when the Jets' Chad Pennington won a landslide vote from the Associated Press' 50-member nationwide panel.

Pennington received 27 votes, Drew Brees of New Orleans got 8.5, and Palmer finished third with 5.5.

After the 2004 season and again midway through 2005, Pennington had two rotator cuff surgeries on his throwing shoulder and won a four-quarterback training camp derby before leading the Jets to a 10-6 record and into the Wild Card game with a career-best 3,352 yards and a 95.7 passer rating.

Palmer, like Pennington, threw to two 1,000-yard receivers and became the first Bengal to throw for 4,000 yards while racking up a 93.9 rating and his second Po Bowl berth.

Palmer's candidacy was no doubt hurt by the Bengals' 0-3 finish, dismissal from the playoff picture, and the fact that he played all 16 games this season. The announcement of the vote came four days shy of the one-year anniversary he tore his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee in the Wild Card loss to Pittsburgh.

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