[Palmer may not play at KC] Marvin Lewis hasn’t decided whether to play injured Pro Bowl quarterback Carson Palmer in a regular-season finale that has lost most of its significance for the Cincinnati Bengals.
The AFC North champions will have little at stake Sunday against Kansas City, which is still contending for a playoff spot. The Bengals will host a first-round game a week later against a wild-card team.
Palmer slightly strained his groin while scrambling to the sideline Saturday in the final minute of a 37-27 loss to Buffalo that cost the Bengals a chance for a first-round bye. Palmer stayed in for one more play — Terrence McGee’s clinching 46-yard interception return.
Lewis said Monday that Palmer’s injury doesn’t appear to be serious. He declined to say whether he’s considering resting him and other hobbled players in Kansas City to get them ready for the playoffs. He wants to wait until later in the week to see how they’re doing before deciding.
“We’ll see what happens,” he said. “We’ll play to win the game.”