Bears Sign QB Jordan Palmer

Andy Lyons

With Matt Blanchard out with a broken hand, the Bears per Ian Rapoport have turned to Jordan Palmer pending a physical as their third-string quarterback.

The Bears' third-string quarterback Matt Blanchard broke a knuckle in his hand in the third quarter of yesterday's game against the Chargers. With only three quarterbacks in camp, this means the Bears have to turn to outside the organization for a third quarterback.

Enter new third-string quarterback Jordan Palmer (per report of Ian Rapoport), younger brother of Cardinals' quarterback Carson Palmer. No corresponding move's been made public as of yet, as Palmer must still pass the physical.

Palmer was a member of the Bengals from 2008 through 2011, and spent last year as a member of the Jaguars. He's only appeared in four games in his professional career, going 10 for 15 for 59 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in extreme backup duty. He hasn't thrown a ball in a regular season game since 2010.

There currently is no timetable for Blanchard's return, as he's gone to see a specialist.

If Blanchard's got a chance to return shortly into the season, I don't think Palmer makes the 53-man roster anyway, but he at least provides a guy to help the Bears get through the fourth preseason game. That's the risk you take only running three quarterbacks on the 90-man, I suppose.

What are your thoughts on the signing of Jordan Palmer?

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