Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald wore a brace on his sprained right knee and he wasn’t thrilled. And while he is a multi-time Pro Bowler, he shook off the idea that he could afford to miss camp while he healed.
“It makes a big diference,” Fitzgerald said. “I play a position predicated on timing. We have a new quarterback and I need to be out there with him every single day, not just Sunday, but Monday through Saturday building our continuity.”
Fitzgerald said the injury is worse than the knee injury he suffered in San Francisco (which cost him no games). But he said this was a “minor setback.” He also said he wouldn’t set a timetable, only that he wanted to get back to practice ASAP.
“That’s what is frustrating, you work so hard in the offseason to get your body in shape and then something like this happens and you take a couple steps back,” Fitzgerald said. “It makes you count your blessings. It brings you back to earth and makes you refocus. It makes you be more cerebral, it makes you watch the splits and watch the coverages becasue you can run the routes. you learn from a different point of view.”
– A pair of Cardinals were in a minor car accident on the way up to Flagstaff today on I-17, when they were apparently behind someone whose tire blew. Safeties Rashad Johnson and Aaron Rouse were in the car. Johnson was OK and he practiced today (he actually made a nice play to jump one pass and dropped what should have been an interception) while Rouse was evaluated at Flagstaff Medical Center and then released. Rouse was then sent back to the Valley for further precautionary tests.
– The other Cards injured and sitting out were WR Early Doucet (abdominal), WR Ed Gant (foot), LB Reggie Walker (hamstring), TE Ben Patrick (knee), LB Gerald Hayes (back-PUP) and LB O’Brien Schofield (knee-PUP).
– The Cardinals had a short practice lasting a little more than an hour. The Cardinals put up a new depth chart for the week but it is officially unchanged; CB Trumaine McBride remains the starter over Greg Toler although Toler made a nice interception of Matt Leinart by jumping in front of rookie TE Jim Dray. After the play, Patrick was giving Dray advice on how to better run the route so Toler wouldn’t be able to step in.
– Leinart also threw a beautiful deep TD pass, some 45 yards, to Steve Breaston over McBride.
– With Fitzgerald and Doucet sidelined, rookie wideout Stephen Williams was running with the first unit.
Tags: Aaron Rouse, Ben Patrick, Early Doucet, Ed Gant, Gerald Hayes, Greg Toler, Jim Dray, Larry Fitzgerald, Matt Leinart, O'Brien Schofield, Rashad Johnson, Reggie Walker, Stephen Williams, Steve Breaston, training camp, Trumaine McBride
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