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Updated Dec 30, 2013 - 8:37 am

Cardinals QB Palmer 1st to reach 4,000 yards with three teams

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer throws against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer had an up-and-down 2013 season, but he reached a milestone that no one in NFL history had before -- throwing for more than 4,000 yards with three different teams.

The 11-year veteran reached the mark with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006 and 2007, and also did it with the Raiders in 2012. His 4,274 yards this season were a career high, as were his 22 interceptions and 41 sacks. The former first-round pick out of USC threw for 407 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals' 23-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers Sunday.

"Personal [milestones] are always nice, but I wasn't thinking about it," Palmer said. "It wasn't one of my personal goals. I wasn't worried about it, I was thinking about wins and losses."

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said this season was a testament to Palmer's resiliency and toughness, as he battled through ankle and elbow injuries as well as a slow start to the season.

"He's as resilient a guy Ö I can't say enough about how tough he is mentally," Arians said. "You know something good's going to happen eventually, because he's gonna keep slinging it in there."

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