Coach Ken Whisenhunt said this morning there is still no definite news on the knee injury to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, but reiterated that Fitzgerald was well enough (and cleared by doctors) last night to return to the game and there is a cautious optimism Fitz is OK. He’ll have an MRI today, although I would guess we won’t know about his status until tomorrow (unless Fitz tweets it, like he did last night when he said he was OK).
UPDATE: Fitz tweeted today “I’m sore but I’m straight.”
There is also partial good news on safety Matt Ware. Last night, the Cards thought Ware had torn knee ligaments, which would have ended his season. They don’t think now he did tear his ACL, and Whisenhunt said there was hope he wouldn’t need surgery of any kind. Ware will be reevaluated to see if he can return at some point.
The injury list doesn’t end there though. Kicker Neil Rackers is definitely having more problems with his right groin injury. He was forced to kick off shorter last night in part to protect the injury, and he was hurting afterward. Whisenhunt said if the Cards do have to get another kicker, he doesn’t have to be signed until later in the week, and I wouldn’t be shocked if indeed the Cards did need to do that for the short-term.
Left tackle Mike Gandy (pelvis) lost strength late in the game, Whiz said, and had to come out. Gandy didn’t play well, but as Whisenhunt noted, Gandy wasn’t exactly in the minority with that status last night.
Finally, asked about cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, he said DRC came up with a turf toe issue during the game, which may have affected him. Overall, Whisenhunt said DRC did a good job in coverage.
Other than that, it’s about moving forward after the 24-9 loss in San Francisco. “That was disappointing for our fans and for the people that support us,” Whisenhunt said. “It was tough enough for our football team. … But it doesn’t change the fact we know who we are and that we have played good football. If you dwell too much on it, it can affect you going forward.”
One last note: The 49ers apparently were talking afterward that they are the more physical team. Not surprisingly, Whisenhunt doesn’t agree, correctly noting the Cards are in good shape to win the division. “We’ve played essentially the same teams, you look at the Minnesota games or any of the other games, it doesn’t appear to me that that’s the case. Once again, they get to talk because they won the game.”
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