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Fitzgerald remains DNP-wait-and-see

Posted by Darren Urban on November 26, 2014 – 1:53 pm

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald isn’t practicing again today because of his knee sprain. He has made some progress, coach Bruce Arians said, and Fitzgerald did jog across the field when he came out this afternoon headed to the bikes and athletic trainers. But a sore knee is a sore knee, and there is artificial turf in Atlanta, and getting him back on the field again could be tough. We’ll see how the week plays out. Fitzgerald is wearing a brace (seen below, talking with assistant strength and conditioning coach Roger Kingdom, running back Michael Bush (29) and running back Andre Ellington (38).

Linebacker Kenny Demens (hamstring) was the only other guy supposed to miss practice today. Defensive tackle Ed Stinson (toe) was going to try and work on a limited basis.

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29 Responses to “Fitzgerald remains DNP-wait-and-see”

  1. By Dynosoar on Nov 26, 2014 | Reply

    Thanks for the side by side comparison between Ellington and Bush. Looking forward to Fitzgerald’s return, He’ll be back.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all. Enjoy the roasted bird on Thursday and the roasted birds (Falcons) on Sunday.

  2. By rick on Nov 26, 2014 | Reply

    We need this guy he demands so much attention and it just opens up everything on the offense. People who were saying he is a non factor don`t realize just how much attention he gets from opposing defenses. He really opens the running game up as well. Hurry back Fitz we need you for the stretch run. GO CARDS!!!

  3. By italycardfan on Nov 26, 2014 | Reply

    Good Thanksgiving to all!
    I hope Larry back soon! We need him, of his physical presence on the field!
    Do you think that someone is able to understand its importance for the team ????? I hope so!
    Greetings from Italy!
    GO CARDS !!!

  4. By Scott H on Nov 26, 2014 | Reply

    Looking forward to seeing what Bush can give us. It is nice to see him and Ellington side by side for comparison. We definitely need a bigger guy like him!

    What is NOT nice to see if Fitz still not practicing. I swear, this must be killing him. Granted, he may truly know something we don’t about his future here. But assuming that HE could be assuming that this is his last year as a Cardinal….for the team to be having this level of success and for him to be out just as the team is hitting the toughest part of their schedule….that must suck for him.

  5. By clssylssy on Nov 26, 2014 | Reply

    It would REALLY SUCK to lose to the Dirty Birds. FITZ WE NEED YOU BACK!

  6. By Steve on Nov 26, 2014 | Reply

    Have a great Thanksgiving Darren!

  7. By louis on Nov 27, 2014 | Reply

    happy thanksgiving to everybody . sunday game is a most win we cant take the falcons as joke if we lose the season is over sorry its the truth seahawks an 49 are a better team and getting strong with five games to go we don’t have a top qb to compete with good teams.

  8. By Dynosoar on Nov 27, 2014 | Reply

    italycardfan,

    greetings from America. Nice to see we think the same, truth be told, I believe a lot of those on this site believe the same as we do. We’re all in this together and we all love our Cardinals and are enjoying this season and being on top. We all want us to win and want us to win easy, but unless we only have one easy team left on our schedule and that’s the Falcons. The other three teams are all in our division and while I believe we are the better team, they will be hard fought games.

    Louis, Steve and italycardfan,

    Thanks for the Happy Thanksgiving wishes. Enjoy your day as well and some good football. I believe we have three good games to watch (other than three of the six teams are on my crumb list. DAL, SEA and SF, they should still be well fought games.)

    Go Lions, Go Eagles and Go Tie for the last game. (I’d love to see SEA and SF tie both their games and the Rams place higher than them both at seasons end. Haha! That would be icing on the cake with a cherry on top!)

    The Lombardi trophy (for the Cardinals) or nothing at all!

    (I don’t want anyone thinking because I’m rooting for the Lions or the Eagles I want them to get the Lombardi. The Lombardi for the Cardinals and the Cardinals alone!)

  9. By Andy Kw on Nov 27, 2014 | Reply

    Our defense has a good resume against QB Matt Ryan & the Atlanta Falcons. Drew Stanton is going to have his best game of his career against Atlanta and Andre Ellington will get back to form. I’m not worried about the Cards but more excited for Sunday to arrive. With or without Fitzgerald, we have enough weapons to get that W against a poor Falcons’ Defense.
    -If it wasn’t for that dropped TD pass by Jaron Brown, missed field goal by Chandler Catanzaro and penalty on Bobby Massie with huge pass to Jaron Brown, we actually would of had a shot to take that W against Seattle.

  10. By Dynosoar on Nov 27, 2014 | Reply

    louis,

    we may not have a top QB, but do SF or SEA? I think they have better than adequate QBs who can run the ball better than some first string running backs (although, R. Wilson sees a lot on the field and just needs to improve his accuracy to be elite. He is really good. Our last game would’ve been different with Shaughnessy, we may still have lost, but it would have been different.)

    While we did lose to Seattle, I don’t think they are the better game, on that day we were not prepared for their desire to win that game. If they beat us in our house I’ll agree they are the better team… maybe, but not until then.

    Remember last year we beat Seattle in their house (the first team to do so in the R. Wilson era) and they went on to win the Super Bowl, would anyone say we were a better team than them last season? No they would not, but we were better on that day.

    I’m good with us having a different outlook and hope you are as well. I am hoping to bring you to the glass is half full side, so…

    One reason I believe we are the better team, we’ve won more games and are in control of our playoff destiny AND if things play out the way they have been this season we have home field advantage throughout the playoffs and into the Super Bowl. Seattle OR San Francisco Might get a Wild Card spot, but no more so they won’t have home field advantage in a single game in the playoffs; if they even make it and I don’t think they do. We are the better team this season. 5-1 in the NFC West is a very real possibility and is highly probable as well.

    Happy Thanksgiving my friend.

    The Lombardi trophy or nothing at all!

  11. By Dynosoar on Nov 27, 2014 | Reply

    Scott H.

    Haha! we had the same thought of the side by side. I’d love to see both in the backfield together so the defense would have to be worried about who was getting the handoff, OR if the ball would be thrown OR if Stanton would pull a sneak.

    These two in the backfield would make a defense honest. That would be fun to see, although I don’t know if our playbook is built for this or if Bush will even have time to digest the playbook in time to see much play.

    How does that work, it took even our veterans till our bye week last season to begin understanding the complexity of the playbook. What chance does a Grice or Bush have coming in midway through the season. It would be tough at best.

    The Lombardi trophy or nothing at all!

  12. By Dobie on Nov 27, 2014 | Reply

    Give Stanton a chance it is just one game When Palmer first started a lot of you put him down let see what Stanton does in the next two games then rag his ass I still believe in the next man up the ship is not down yet just a few sails win or lose I still yell my butt off. Back a few years the stadium was half Cardinals cause they where losing all you fans that are out there now where have you been but now that you are out there thanks for the noise you make out there but try to stay quit when the Cardinals have the ball. All this is just my opinion I am not an expert just love the game please don’t let me hear about opinions like there like A Holes every body got one that so old it got mold

  13. By Berdj Rassam on Nov 27, 2014 | Reply

    As the leading WR, the Cards will need Fitzgerald to perform at a top level if the Cards are to advance in the playoffs; so he may as well get as healthy as possible for the post-season.

  14. By Corgon on Nov 27, 2014 | Reply

    Welcome to the world where we don’t have Fitz in oru lineup! We don’t need him “because he’s one of our veteran leaders”. Ok it’s one reason, but we need him more, because he’s still the best WR in the team and one of the best in the NFL. He’s a huge distruction, opponents Ds has more than one man on him usually, but he’s still able to generate yardage and could be a winning card! Unfortunately I’m sure our talented WR group without Fitz will be a nonfactor and noone here would like to see what will happen when we have to run the ball!.

  15. By italycardfan on Nov 27, 2014 | Reply

    Dynosoar

    Thanks for your comment. I always read, carefully, your posts always directed toward optimism and support team. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  16. By georgiebird on Nov 27, 2014 | Reply

    A closer look at the offense shows what’s really missing. We have no toughness on the offensive team. All the guys on the offense are rather mild mannered. We have no “intense” players on the offense- Larry comes the closest.
    In the Seattle game I saw Rob Housler get thrown around like a rag doll with no retaliation at all.
    Players in the mold of Boldin and Lynch are needed on our offense- not as much for their talent but more for their fire.
    I hope Michael Bush was brought in to bring some fire.

  17. By Dustin D on Nov 27, 2014 | Reply

    Not one time did i hear any cardinal player say that he or the team pledges to improve. All i heard were hopes and we need to do this, or we need to do that. Where did u get your tittle to the blog? Seems like you are right with Stanton, and thats dreaming.

  18. By TucsonTim on Nov 27, 2014 | Reply

    Yes, without Fitz we don’t have the intensity or the “toughness” to match up with any of our NFC West opponents.

  19. By clssylssy on Nov 28, 2014 | Reply

    I have to agree with you Georgiebird. Watching the Seattle/9er game though, have to admit the Seahawks are the real deal and are the only team right now that could match Green Bay or New England…even Denver. That “intensity” comes with maturity and experience. Our run game is dead last in the entire NFL. Our defense has at least one veteran at every position which makes a world of difference. I hope Michael Bush can fill that void with our RBs but it may be too little, too late since BA said he probably won’t be ready for this game and a loss in Atlanta could be the beginning of the end. Our receivers are some of the best talent in the business but without Fitz have been rudderless and unspired. As much as the organization wants to believe he’s replaceable, so far that kind of thinking has put us in a hole. I love a good, well played football game and have to say that the 9er/Seattle game looked more like a playoff game and while the score was the same as the Cards/Seahawks game, that was the only similarity; our offense looked NOTHING like the 9er offense…they were tough while we were ineffective and scattered. Hard to believe Vernon Davis has been in the league 12 years and nobody talks about him “declining”! LOL! IMO, a big part of our problem on offense has been misuse of resources and offensive design which goes back onto BA and Keim as he should have been working on fortifying the offense, including the 0-line earlier.
    The good news is that Atlanta has a weaker defensem but they also have a number of seasoned veterans on that team with playoff and SB experience (including their QB) and to count this a done deal before the end of the game is foolish. Steven Jackson is a tank and Devin Hester and Roddy White are always dangerous! Records mean nothing this time of year, so we must just focus on how we can beat another Division leader, get the job done and return home victorious and ready to defending the nest against a very dangerous Chiefs team!

  20. By JohnnyBluenose on Nov 28, 2014 | Reply

    Dyno….Seattle is looking pretty dominant right now…two good running backs (three if you count Russell Wilson), a decent passing attack and a defense that has allowed a total of six points in their last two games. Not too shabby! My hope is that they are peaking too early. If they should happen to win the division it will be very hard for us to get to the Super Bowl. Our home game against them in December could be for all the marbles.

  21. By louis on Nov 28, 2014 | Reply

    sorry to said the seahawks look really good good enough to go back to the superbowl we need to focus on each other and as a team and take one game at a time hope we can do it as a team.

  22. By SteveG on Nov 28, 2014 | Reply

    Anyone else think that the game in St. Louis is going to be much tougher than the game in San Fran?

  23. By louis on Nov 28, 2014 | Reply

    hate to be a sore loser i am scare that we will finish at 9-7 and not make the playoffs . because we don’t a good off line and a qb plus a run game sorry sorry maybe we can daft better next year the player we need to be a good football team.

  24. By clssylssy on Nov 28, 2014 | Reply

    Steven G.
    For whatever reason, St. Louis is ALWAYS much tougher and the Rams are another team, IMO, flying under the radar and are MUICH better than their record reflects. If they hadn’t lost their QB early on, things could be different and they could be in our situation, scratching out ugly wins as we can take advantage of our opponents weaknesses. At the same time I would NEVER count the 9ers out as they have more lives than the proverbial cat, and just when you think they are imploding from internal and off-field issues and injuries, here they come in your face, fists flying and spitting teeth; winning through sheer willpower and intensity!
    I love watching all the NFC West teams play because we all have that signature killer defense and are so entertaining playing traditional blood and guts football.
    While the Cards are relatively new to “the fold” we have developed into a very fine
    team, and when healthy, can keep up or surpass our division big brothers. Things don’t happen overnight…it’s taken the Seahawks five years to get where they are now really, so we are on the fast track.
    From here on out, our SB future is riding on every game as the bye and HFA will be a difference maker. Watching last night’s game made me think we were capable of beating the 9ers in their house ONLY if we have our major players healthy and we can maintain our focus and develop some intensity. The NFC West is the best and it’s great to be recognized as being part of the toughest division in football! WE CAN DO THIS!

  25. By Scott H on Nov 28, 2014 | Reply

    clssylssy –

    While I ALWAYS want to see Fitz on the field ( therefore, agree with you on that level )….don’t you think the Cardinals should be able to handle the FALCONS without him??? I would certainly hope they could. The Falcons are among the worst teams, defensively, in the league right now. If Fitz is ready to go and really not risking any further injury by being out there, then by all means, let him play. If putting him out there this Sunday would be pushing it, then don’t. If we can’t beat the Falcons – with Fitz or without – then we really have to question where this is all going.

    BTW, just saw on NFL.com a blurb where Fitz is saying he is good to go and “highly likely” to play on Sunday. BUT it’s also not up to him.

    Steve G – Yes. I DO think the Rams will be at least as tough, if not more so, than the 49ers. The Rams have been scary. The 49ers really have not. If the Rams were better on offense….holy cow.

    Dobie – I agree that no one should be bailing on Stanton. The guy has played very well for this team this season overall. I get sick of hearing about “Well, he’s a back-up for a reason….” Well, thanks for that insight but the fact is Stanton was brought here ( initially ) with being the starter in mind and when he IS in as the starter, the expectations of the coaching staff apparently do not change one iota. In my mind, that makes him a starting-caliber QB. Who’s to say we don’t win the game in Denver is he doesn’t leave the game injured? And do people recognize that with Palmer in against the Rams, our offense was struggling badly and we were trailing in the 4th quarter of that game 14-10?. Stanton comes in cold off the bench and fires a long TD pass on his 3rd play. Cards take the lead and the defense shuts the door the rest of the way. Who says that game doesn’t end up as a loss if Stanton doesn’t provide that spark? His two losses have come in a game he didn’t finish and on the road in Seattle. Meanwhile, he put up wins against San Fran and the Lions. I’ll take a “back-up” QB who can give me that.

    And I maintain that with the total lack of a running game and no Fitzgerald, the Cardinals would have fared no better in Seattle with Palmer. My opinion only, of course, but….I watched that game. Just as I watched the Seahawks have NO trouble with Kaepernick and the 49ers last night. The Seahawks are BALLING, folks. Bad news for the rest of the NFC. But…more on that later.

    Hey, Mark Sanchez is supposedly a back-up QB, too. But right now? The Eagles are suddenly better with him than they were with their starting QB. I don’t give a rip about depth charts. If a guy can play, then he can play. Stanton can play.

    Louis – Does Seattle have a top QB? Um, YES they absolutely do. My lord, what more do you need to see from Wilson to convince you???? Kaepernick? No. Agreed, he is NOT a top QB.

  26. By clssylssy on Nov 28, 2014 | Reply

    Scott H-
    Oh yes, I agree with almost everything you said, however, my issue with Fitz is that he is much more than a receiver and knows more about the Falcons than anyone on our team because of his friendships with Roddy White, Steven Jackson, Julio Jones, etc and his many years playing against them…he knows the nuances and subtleties to allow the ability to anticipate and read what they are doing that can’t be transferred to the “next man up” regardless of their talents. I did read the same article in which he stated it was looking good that he might play but that it wasn’t his decision…hmm, seems he said something similar last week and even most analysts expected him to play against the Seahawks then…??? I’m not all that confident that we can beat the Falcons just because they have less of a record or because we have better stats…irregardless, this time of year teams find new resolve or they’re out, and the Falcons have more division championships and playoff experience than we do. Plus, they are trying to hang on to the top spot against the Saints and we know how motivating that can be! It seems as much as anything we need veteran leadership on the offense but, of course, Fitz’s health is primary. If we can’t win without him in Atlanta, if it comes to that, we are probably not going to be able to succeed against the Eagles, Packers, Patriots, etc.
    As far as Stanton goes, I think he has done a remarkable job in stepping in, Palmer and even Warner weren’t much better when they started out, The QB is always going to take the heat just like they are usually the ones to get the glory.
    And OMG, the Hawks are rolling! Anyone who thinks that Wilson is not elite??? CHILD PLEASE!

  27. By Scott H on Nov 28, 2014 | Reply

    clssylssy –

    Might we also agree that is absolutely ridiculous that the Falcons are thinking about winning a division when after 11 games, they are 4-7???? CHILD, PLEASE to that, too!

    Looks like it is gonna happen AGAIN in the NFC this year that a pretty bad team is going to make the playoffs ( whoever wins the South ) simply because they “win” a division while much better teams ( Lions? Cowboys? 49ers? ) with better records are sitting at home..

    Perhaps Roger Goodell – who has predictably disappeared in recent months after the debacle of Ray Rice – could stop thinking about putting teams and more games in London long enough to fix the damn playoff format. Just let the 6 best teams from each conf be the playoff teams. Simple. Done. And much preferable to what we have now. How many more years do we need to see teams that have no business making the playoffs not only MAKE the playoffs BUT actually play their first game at home???? That is embarrassing.

    Sorry, just ranting…

  28. By clssylssy on Nov 28, 2014 | Reply

    Scott H-
    Again I am in agreement on the matter of the Playoffs however, an interesting tid bit, that many don’t consider about these teams with poor records who win their division or get a wildcard, is the effect that has on their ranking come draft time. I read an article recently about the NFC South winner being the biggest loser in the long run as, because winning their division that would put them toward the end of the line for picking in the draft, irregardless of their anemic record! Now, how bad would that suck to be a Division winner with a bad record, in desperate need of new talent, and still have to be at the end of the line at draft time because you had the honor of playing one sickly game before being eliminated! Guess every upside has a downside as well! LOL!
    As for the London games, that is a subject I can get fired up on, as well as, the LA franchise thing. Chiefs fans are losing a HOME game next season to be played in London and have not even expressed an interest in hosting a Super Bowl…random Roger tipping the level playing ground in the AFC and to Hell with the fans! Knowing the importance of HFA, can you imagine if he decides to have the Cards donate a home game to be played in London just as we’re picking up some momentum to be a significant contender? Or, decides he wants to relocate us to LA? (I know that’s not likely to happen now but there was a time we could have had cause to be nervous)
    Yes, I can get into that rant…but we digress, LOL!

  29. By Scott H on Nov 29, 2014 | Reply

    clssylssy –

    I hear ya. Time to focus! Game time!!!

    BTW – Go Patriots! I do NOT want to see the Packers have home field advantage through the playoffs. That’s gonna be a death sentence to anyone who has to go there.

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