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Former Raiders QB Carson Palmer retires from NFL

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Former Raiders QB Carson Palmer retires from NFL

After 15 seasons in the NFL, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is hanging up his shoulder pads.

The 38-year-old Palmer announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday.

Drafted in the first-round by the Bengals in 2003, Palmer was traded to the Raiders in a stunning move during the 2011 season. The Raiders gave up a 2012 first-round pick and 2013 second-round pick for the then-32-year-old quarterback.

In 25 games over two seasons with the Raiders, Palmer threw for 6,771 yards, 35 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. He never lived up to the price tag, as he was 8-16 in 24 starts with the Raiders.

Palmer leaves the league having thrown for 46,247 yards, 294 touchdowns and 187 interceptions.

Former 49ers quarterback takes over under center for Cardinals

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Former 49ers quarterback takes over under center for Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. — Blaine Gabbert will get his first start for the Arizona Cardinals when they play the Texans in Houston on Sunday.

Coach Bruce Arians announced the decision after Friday's practice.

Drew Stanton, the starter the last two games, bruised his knee early in the Thursday night loss to Seattle last week. He stayed in the game but has been limited in practice all week.

Arians said it will be a game-time decision as to whether Stanton or recently signed Matt Barkley would be Gabbert's backup.

Gabbert will be making his 41st NFL start. He has a 9-31 record. He signed with Arizona last offseason and was the third quarterback until Carson Palmer broke his arm against the Los Angeles Rams in London and was lost for the season.

Instant Analysis: 49ers suffer five more injuries, lose to Cards, fall to 0-9

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Instant Analysis: 49ers suffer five more injuries, lose to Cards, fall to 0-9

BOX SCORE

SANTA CLARA – Losses and injuries continue to appear in great abundance for the 49ers this season.

The 49ers on Sunday remained winless with a 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals while also taking on another handful of injuries to their depleted game-day roster.

The 49ers lost five more players due to injuries in the first half: Fullback Kyle Juszczyk (neck), safety Jaquiski Tartt (wrist), wide receiver Trent Taylor (ribs), tight end Cole Hikutini (knee) and special-teams player Elijah Lee (knee).

Moreover, six of the 49ers’ seven inactive players were not available for the game due to injuries: offensive linemen Joe Staley (eye) and Garry Gilliam (knee), defensive linemen Solomon Thomas (knee), Aaron Lynch (calf) and D.J.. Jones (knee), and defensive back K’Waun Williams (quadricep). The 49ers also placed wide receiver Pierre Garçon on injured reserve Saturday with a neck injury.

The losses in the standings are piling up, too. The 49ers last week became the first club in franchise history to start with eight consecutive losses to open the season.

Now 0-9, the 49ers own the NFL’s worst record because the Cleveland Browns (0-8) were on their bye week.

Juszczyk gift-wrapped the Cardinals their first points of the game in the first quarter.

While struggling for extra yards at the end of a 5-yard reception, Juszczyk was stripped by Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu. Patrick Peterson scooped it up and returned it 47 yards.

Three plays later, the Cardinals scored on Drew Stanton’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Jaron Brown between 49ers linebacker Brock Coyle and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon.

The Cardinals increased their lead to 14-3 in the second quarter when tight end Jermaine Gresham got inside position against Witherspoon to catch an 11-yard touchdown pass from Stanton in the second quarter.

The 49ers pulled to within four points on C.J. Beathard’s 1-yard run to cap a 13-play, 75-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter.

QUARTERBACK WATCH
Newly acquired quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo warmed up intermittently on the 49ers’ sideline during the game but never got into action. But there were many close calls along the way.

Beathard was under pressure throughout the game behind the 49ers’ makeshift offensive line that consisted of Trent Brown at left tackle and undrafted rookie Erik Magnuson at right tackle.

Beathard was sacked five times and absorbed 16 hits from the Cardinals pass rush.

Beathard completed 24 of 51 pass attempts for 294 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. His passer rating was 57.1.

Running back Carlos Hyde was the 49ers’ leading pass-catcher with nine receptions for 84 yards. He added 41 yards rushing on 12 carries.

FIGHT AND EJECTIONS
Hyde was ejected, along with two Cardinals defensive players, after a fight erupted when Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea was called for a personal foul for a high hit on a sliding Beathard.

Arizona linebacker Haason Reddick and defensive lineman Frostee Rucker were ejected for their actions during the scuffle.

THIS ‘N’ THAT
--On Tuesday, the 49ers traded Rashard Robinson, who started the first seven games before Witherspoon replaced him. The Cardinals on Sunday did not waste any time before going after Witherspoon. Stanton hit John Brown on a double-move for a 52- yard reception on the Cardinals’ first play of the game.

--Undrafted rookie Kendrick Bourne hauled in his first career reception – a 25-yard catch in the third quarter.

--Eric Reid, who moved back to safety after a couple of weeks at linebacker, recorded an interception in the end zone in the second quarter. It was Reid’s first interception this season and the ninth in his five-year career.

--New defensive tackle Tony McDaniel was credited with fumble recovery after Earl Mitchell forced an Adrian Peterson fumble late in the fourth quarter. Peterson finished with 159 yards on a career-high 37 rushing attempts.