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Raiders QB Palmer out with cracked ribs, bruised lung

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Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer will miss Sunday's season finale against the San Diego Chargers because of cracked ribs and a bruised lung.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen made the announcement to reporters on Monday.

Palmer left the first quarter of Sunday's 17-6 loss to the Carolina Panthers after taking a hit to the back by defensive end Greg Hardy.

Allen did not announce who will start in place of Palmer, who spent Sunday night in a hospital. Matt Leinart replaced Palmer against the Panthers. Terrelle Pryor is also an option.

NFL.com speculated that Palmer may have played his final game as a Raider. He is due to make $13 million next year and will be 33 years old. The Raiders (4-11) are in rebuilding mode.

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