The Cardinals were working on special teams yesterday — punting — and suddenly, veteran linebacker Joey Porter jumped in to play gunner. And receiver Larry Fitzgerald jumped in to block him on the “return.” These are jobs the stars don’t do. Except on a Monday afternoon in training camp.
Of course, competition never stops. So they battled pretty good. And Fitz left Porter with a bloody lip afterward.
“I was trying to re-live the old school drill trying to be a gunner,” Porter said, “and he took a cheap shot at me and busted my lip. So I owe him.”
Fitzgerald wanted to make sure everyone remembered he teamed with Nate Poole to block gunners on punt coverage when he was a rookie back in 2004.
“Remember (gunner) Alex Bannister from Seattle, made all-pro?” Fitzgerald said. “We shut him down two games in a row, didn’t have a tackle in Seattle or here in Arizona. … I did do that. (Assistant defensive backs coach) Rick Courtright used to coach me on the technique. I don’t know if I could do it anymore …” Asked if that meant he couldn’t or wouldn’t, Fitz said, “If they need me to I can do it. If they challenge me to do that, I can do whatever.”
As for that busted lip, Fitzgerald blamed offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges, and reiterated his solid blocking job on Porter. “I had Joey the whole time, so I finished him out,” Fitzgerald said, pointing to his bicep. “These aren’t just for the girls.”
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