Palmer, the well-traveled younger brother of Arizona veteran QB Carson Palmer, will give the Bears another arm and someone who can play the majority of the final preseason game against Cleveland when the key players are generally rested.
Palmer appeared in four contests for Cincinnati during three seasons (2008-10) with the Bengals, completing 10-of-15 passing attempts for 49 yards and two interceptions. The 6-5, 230-pound Palmer was originally selected by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round (205th overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft out of UTEP. Palmer spent part of the 2012 season with Jacksonville but did not appear in a game for the Jaguars.
Blanchard, the second-year signal caller from Wisconsin-Whitewater, was hurt on his first series in Thursday’s preseason win over San Diego. Blanchard fractured the knuckle on his non-throwing hand and could be out for some time. He’ll see a specialist on Monday.
Elsewhere, the Bears release of veteran DE Jamaal Anderson coincided with the addition of DT Eric Foster to the roster. The 6-2, 265-pound Foster appeared in 49 games with 19 starts over four seasons (2008-11) with the Indianapolis Colts after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers, recording 117 tackles, six sacks, four pass break ups, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. He suffered a ankle injury with Indianapolis that sidelined him for an extended period. Foster most recently played in the CFL and reportedly, is past his health concerns.
The Bears also released LB Andrew Starks.Starks was a late training camp addition who had been with the club in rookie mini-camp. He was considered a long shot to make the roster.
The Bears resume practice Monday at Halas Hall in Lake Forest. They’ll face Oakland in the “dress rehearsal” game next Friday.