Larry Fitzgerald did not practice today. “I wanted him resting today,” coach Bruce Arians said. “I didn’t want him aggravating that (hamstring) again.”
“He wants to practice,” Arians added. “I’m not letting him.”
Fitz is going to be day-to-day, Arians said, but there sure seemed to be the underlying feeling Fitzgerald will end up playing Sunday. That’s the vibe Arians gave off, and every time Carson Palmer was talking in general about playing without Fitz — like in the fourth quarter Sunday against the Lions — he made it sound that Fitz will be there. Palmer said if he knew a guy was going to miss a game he’d prefer to work with the backup, for chemistry and timing reasons. But, he added, “that’s not the case with Larry,” Palmer said.
During the open portion of practice, Fitz still donned his helmet and went out and stood five yards away from a JUGS machine and was making catches — one-handed. Amazing how he was doing it, easily snaring the ball (with either hand) with it being shot out of that thing. Even injured Fitzgerald leaves an impression.
Here’s something else to remember with Fitzgerald. Arians was asked what his philosophy was in terms of playing players Sunday who didn’t practice during the week. “That totally depends on the player,” Arians said. “You better have a résumé. We fortunately have one that has a pretty good résumé.”
– Rookie linebacker Kevin Minter wasn’t practicing either, and Arians said his hamstring problem was worse than originally expected. Minter is “probably doubtful” to play in New Orleans, Arians said. Running back Rashard Mendenhall also wasn’t practicing during the part of practice open to the media. Not sure if that’s his knee or a hamstring or what, but Arians did not bring it up in his pre-practice press conference. The injury report will be out later today.
– The good news? Tight end Rob Housler was back and practicing full for his first workout of the regular season. Housler should give Arians more flexibility with his offense.
Tags: Kevin Minter, Larry Fitzgerald, Rashard Mendenhall, Rob Housler
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