Optimism on Fitz, Ware UPDATE

Posted by Darren Urban on December 15, 2009 – 11:40 am

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said this morning there is still no definite news on the knee injury to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, but reiterated that Fitzgerald was well enough (and cleared by doctors) last night to return to the game and there is a cautious optimism Fitz is OK. He’ll have an MRI today, although I would guess we won’t know about his status until tomorrow (unless Fitz tweets it, like he did last night when he said he was OK).

UPDATE: Fitz tweeted today “I’m sore but I’m straight.”

There is also partial good news on safety Matt Ware. Last night, the Cards thought Ware had torn knee ligaments, which would have ended his season. They don’t think now he did tear his ACL, and Whisenhunt said there was hope he wouldn’t need surgery of any kind. Ware will be reevaluated to see if he can return at some point.

The injury list doesn’t end there though. Kicker Neil Rackers is definitely having more problems with his right groin injury. He was forced to kick off shorter last night in part to protect the injury, and he was hurting afterward. Whisenhunt said if the Cards do have to get another kicker, he doesn’t have to be signed until later in the week, and I wouldn’t be shocked if indeed the Cards did need to do that for the short-term.

Left tackle Mike Gandy (pelvis) lost strength late in the game, Whiz said, and had to come out. Gandy didn’t play well, but as Whisenhunt noted, Gandy wasn’t exactly in the minority with that status last night.

Finally, asked about cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, he said DRC came up with a turf toe issue during the game, which may have affected him. Overall, Whisenhunt said DRC did a good job in coverage.

Other than that, it’s about moving forward after the 24-9 loss in San Francisco. “That was disappointing for our fans and for the people that support us,” Whisenhunt said. “It was tough enough for our football team. … But it doesn’t change the fact we know who we are and that we have played good football. If you dwell too much on it, it can affect you going forward.”

One last note: The 49ers apparently were talking afterward that they are the more physical team. Not surprisingly, Whisenhunt doesn’t agree, correctly noting the Cards are in good shape to win the division. “We’ve played essentially the same teams, you look at the Minnesota games or any of the other games, it doesn’t appear to me that that’s the case. Once again, they get to talk because they won the game.”

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19 Responses to “Optimism on Fitz, Ware UPDATE”

  1. By kauaicardsfan on Dec 15, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks Darenn!
    Any inside on who the Cards may bring in to try out for the kicking job while Rackers recoop?

  2. By darrenurban on Dec 15, 2009 | Reply

    Kauai —

    Not right now. They need to figure out if it is necessary first.

  3. By Chris on Dec 15, 2009 | Reply

    As I said on another post — the Niners should enjoy their two wins over the Cards. Heck, David Baas was talking as if they had actually won something meaningful. Wonder if they’ll still be talking while at the same time cheering for the Cards in the playoffs?

  4. By Ross on Dec 15, 2009 | Reply


    Any talk about how to get the RBs back on track? And how about the depth chart at the position?


  5. By darrenurban on Dec 15, 2009 | Reply

    Ross —

    There was discussion on working on things, but again, I don’t know if it is anything that can actually be worked upon. The depth chart isn’t changing either. No reason to. How do you bench Hightower for a fumble when Beanie did the same thing?

  6. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Dec 15, 2009 | Reply

    The Cards are a very physical team — when they want to be, but the 49ers were without a doubt the more physical football team in the 49ers/Cards game Monday night. Period.

    But that’s just one game, and so far at least, the Cardinals have proven themselves to be the better team over the course of the 2009 season. The Cards just need to be thankful that they play in a division where the other three teams have a combined record of 12-27 (31% winning percentage). Only in the NFC West could you lead your division by two games but only be 8-5.

    Last night was a big step back, but let’s take two forward and finish 11-5. That would be a great deodorant for stinkbombs like last night.

  7. By LadyCard04 on Dec 15, 2009 | Reply

    Glad to hear some optimistic news for Ware and Fitz. Gandy’s pelvic issue could be a long-term problem. With Rackers being so sore, what is the possibility of utilizing Hightower? You and others have reported that he can and has made 50+ yd. field goals in practice? Unless it appears a long term issue for Rackers, would this be an acceptable stop-gap measure?

    It goes without saying, last night’s performance was a huge disappointment and I’m sure the whole team knows it!
    They just have to pick themselves up and go forward, this time with the ball FIRMLY IN THEIR HANDS.

  8. By darrenurban on Dec 15, 2009 | Reply

    LadyCard —

    If Rackers doesn’t go, they will sign someone. Hightower would purely be an in-game emergency guy.

  9. By JULIE on Dec 15, 2009 | Reply


  10. By Paul on Dec 15, 2009 | Reply

    Darren, about Tim and Beanie’s fumbling problems. I think Tim’s style hurts him a little. He seems to look for contact with the defender instead of avoiding them. He runs so hard the ball pops after the collision. Liked that about Edge, he had a way to slip under and away from hard tackles. As for Beanie, because he is so tall and holds ball high(which you want), the defenders look to tuck their helmets right into the ball. A. Peterson has same issues and he runs very similar. Not sure the solutions and not a coach. Just thinking out loud.

  11. By Joe on Dec 15, 2009 | Reply

    Too much crying going on in here. What did you expect — this is the Cards team that we all know and love. They play up (and down) to their opponents. Which means just like last year when we get into the playoffs then everybody better watch out cuz we’ll be the underdog against every team, and thats when we rule.
    Sure, its always easier to root for Goliath, but thats not our team. Our team is the giant slayer, the David. But hell, nobody would remember the story 3,000 years later if Goliath had won.
    This 9ers game doesnt mean nothin, just like last year’s Pats, Vikes, Eagles, Jets blowout games didnt mean nothin.
    This Cards team is still set to go all the way this year.

  12. By Ross on Dec 15, 2009 | Reply

    Darren, I agree on the depth chart, i just am concerned that these guys are just overthinking the fumbling issue because they know they arent going to get many carries afterwards.

    Thanks for all your hard work. As a long distance fan (Richmond, VA), it is greatly appreciated to get the in depth coverage you provide.

  13. By darrenurban on Dec 15, 2009 | Reply

    Ross —

    Thanks for the props. Whisenhunt made sure to give Hightower carries after his Minny fumble. I think he didn’t get carries last night because he fumbled again. In the end, if a player in the NFL has trouble holding the ball, a team can’t baby him. Remember, in the week before the Vikings came, there were rumblings that the Vikes might sit AP at some point because he was/is fumbling too much.

  14. By CardsFan08 on Dec 15, 2009 | Reply

    Enough of the up and down stuff! National TV and PRIME TIME for the second week in a row and made the Niners think they were back in the 80’s. I am embarassed. I just got back from the Bay Area and even got into a skirmish with a drunk Niner fan who obviously thought he was across the Bay in Oakland. Most fans were accepting, but some were idiots and now this clown has a bloody nose as a reminder. I know the Niner fans will huddle together and say ‘what if’ while the Cards make a run in the playoffs, but that was a good old fashioned ass kicking last night. I am glad to be back home and fortunate to NOT have seen the inside of a jail cell in SF.

  15. By Jerry Wayne on Dec 15, 2009 | Reply

    Of course getting a kicker to sub for Rackers while he’s hurt is necessary. I could have told you it was necessary after the Minnesota game. It was a boneheaded move not to in the first place. Field position is extremely important, what good is having the best punter in the business if we can’t kick it past the 30 on kickoffs. I’d rather we onside it everytime then give the other team the opportunity for a huge return, at least we have a chance to get the ball back.

  16. By FITZGIRL11 on Dec 15, 2009 | Reply

    i think everybody should settle down…no need to bench anybody primarly because EVERYONE on the team had an off night and didn’t show up to play its that simple…its sucks cause of course who doesn’t want their team to win but it was just an off night…just be happy FITZs'( i love him lol) injury wasnt worse and we all know after an ugly loss they’ll show up to play and hopefully we can clinch in the 2 games coming up…we got UNCONDITIONAL LOVE for our red birds…GOOO CARDS!!!

  17. By Eazy E on Dec 16, 2009 | Reply

    Shut up about the 49ers!!! They won the game great job whatever. After their January 3rd game, they’ll be at the house and their next real game will be 8 months later. LOL!!!

  18. By Former Steeler Fan on Dec 16, 2009 | Reply


    A clarification about my comment on another thread about “the torch for dominance in the NFC Worst being passed to the 49ers”: I was referring to next year.

    I know. I know. It’s a long time off. However, IF the 49ers have Gore, Smith, Crabtree and Willis (and, Singletary) next year, they MIGHT be dominant in the division since they proved on Monday night that dominance.

  19. By darrenurban on Dec 16, 2009 | Reply

    Former Steeler Fan —

    So much can happen year to year. It is definitely a long time off. Anything can happen.

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