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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer to start vs. St. Louis Rams

Arizona Cardinals' Carson Palmer passes under pressure from Philadelphia Eagles' Brandon Graham during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Despite being listed as questionable on the injury report Friday, quarterback Carson Palmer will play when the Arizona Cardinals host the St. Louis Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday.

Palmer, as he has all season, will be under center again -- even though he had been limited all week in practice because of a right elbow injury, which he suffered early in the game at Philadelphia.

"I'm sure he'll be ready to go," head coach Bruce Arians said Friday. "He's so in tune to the offense now -- and all the guys are -- that sometimes it's good at this time of year to give a veteran a couple of days off and let the young guy get some reps. I'm sure he'll be fine throwing the ball."

The Cardinals must feel confident in Palmer's health and ability to throw the ball downfield because they are dressing only two quarterbacks Sunday. If there had been any question, then it would have been reasonable to assume that Ryan Lindley would be active. But he is not.

Returning this week is rookie running back Andre Ellington. He had missed last week because of a knee issue.

"Andre looked just like himself. He got better and better and more confident as the week went on," Arians said. "He took the brace off and is brace-less now, so he's fine."

Ellington said after practice Friday that he's ready and feeling fine.

Along with Lindley, the Cardinals' inactives -- for the fourth time in five weeks -- are receiver Brittan Golden, running back Ryan Williams, linebacker Dontay Moch, guard Earl Watford, tight end Kory Sperry and defensive end Ronald Talley, even though those seven are all healthy.

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