Larry Fitzgerald came out at the tail end of media availability Thursday, the day on which he normally speaks. The Pro Bowl wide receiver knew the first questions were going to be about his injured hamstring. And those of us asking knew Fitz wasn’t going to have much information. But the dance commenced as it always does. “I’m good,” Fitz said at the outset, and when Kent Somers asked again at the end, Fitz said again he was fine. Kent asked if he would tell us if he wasn’t. Fitz laughed. “No I wouldn’t.”
The fact Fitzgerald is even on the injury report means there’s a concern (I know – can I be any more obvious?) Fitzgerald played very well in the opener, got two touchdowns, and looked very happy to be playing with Carson Palmer. He never misses games. He missed three in 2006 and one in 2007. In 2010 he was dealing with a pretty sore knee, suffered in game one of the preseason when Matt Leinart threw a pass high and the Houston defender whacked Fitz low as Fitz leaped to catch it. He didn’t play the rest of the preseason and there was some concern into the regular season. But Fitz played in the opener — in St. Louis, coincidentally — and caught a touchdown. He didn’t look 100 percent that game and only had three catches (for 43 yards), but his QB was Derek Anderson and injury may have had little to do with production.
Fitzgerald, who was officially limited in practice, is the kind of player who is going to be out there if at all possible. Especially now, when the offense is off to a pretty good start. This is one of those things that I have a feeling will go down to game day — sorry all you Fitz fantasy owners — but it goes without saying the Cardinals could use him.
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