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(The Sports Xchange) - Injured Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer missed practice Wednesday to visit a specialist about a nerve problem in his throwing shoulder.

Palmer hoped to return for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, but that now appears iffy.

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Carolina Panthers defensive lineman Frank Alexander was suspended 10 games without pay by the NFL for violating the league's policy on substances of abuse, the NFL announced Wednesday.

Alexander had just returned to the Panthers on Monday after sitting out the first four games of the season for another substance abuse policy violation.

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Trying to add some finality to a fluent and fickle situation, St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Wednesday that second-year upstart Austin Davis will be the starting quarterback for the rest of the season.

Davis was at first thought to be a stand-in for 13th-year veteran Shaun Hill, who injured his quad while trying to stand in himself for the team's original designated starter Sam Bradford, who was knocked out for the year with a knee injury.

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Sep 8, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) looks on after beating the San Diego Chargers 18-17 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports