Fitz wants to practice; car accident sidelines Rouse

Posted by Darren Urban on August 16, 2010 – 6:25 pm

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.

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36 Responses to “Fitz wants to practice; car accident sidelines Rouse”

  1. By darrel on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    Darren toler and washington played well and its two areas of concern cb and ILb. Do u think the cards are still considering a trade or sign for a veteran player for either position or is it just too early to tell thanks darren you do a great job @ responding

  2. By Darren Urban on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    Darrel —

    I don’t think they will make a trade. They may pick up a veteran for depth depending on who is cut.

  3. By Scott H on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    Gotta love Fitz and his great attitude. Now, will someone please sit on this guy and not let him near the field until the opener??? Darren – the word right now is that he will probably not play in any of the remaining pre-season games. But will he be allowed to participate in practices, no-contact drills, etc?

  4. By Darren Urban on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    Scott H —

    Right now, he’s wearing a brace and rehabbing on the side. We’ll see how he progresses.

  5. By k. on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    Fitz’s attitude is to be praised! I love his tenacity and work ethic. He is the consummate professional athlete and I hope the organization doesn’t let him slip away when his contract is up in a few yrs. Fitz needs to be a Lifetime Cardinal In The Ring! Class act all the way and I expected or would accept nothing else from him.

  6. By Brad ONeill on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    i know its early to be giving nick names to darrel Washington but i’m thinking sarge fits that guy nicely. The way he was barking up a storm and charging in head first i would follow that man to battle any day.

    best wishes to Rouse I hope it isn’t anything too serious.

  7. By Neil on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    Who did Stephen Williams do running with the first squad? And is doucets injury serious enough to miss some regular season games? Seems like he has been injured for a while now.

  8. By Darren Urban on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    Neil —

    Doucet played Saturday. I think he will be OK.

  9. By Dan on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    I would just like to point out how intelligent Fitz is and how he stays determined to keep his mental acuity even when physically he is being limited. “Learn from a different point of view.” Amazing Athlete and now it shows how intelligent he is, I am really impressed by his drive and determination to be the best. I hope he recovers fast and brings us some needed wins in our season with Leinart.

  10. By AndyStandsUp on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    With 3 games in 11 days coming up, it’s best to give Fitzgerald time off. By missing the rest of the preseason he would have almost a month to heal and Larry is far too good to show up then unprepared.
    And what’s good for the goose is good for the gander; Vernon Davis went down with a “sprained” knee today.(not that I advocate opposing teams injuries, just like to keep the options open.)
    Darren, is it true that after Leinart threw the long TD pass, he didn’t come out for the next series because he wasn’t told he was needed to speak in the huddle?

  11. By Darren Urban on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    Comon, now. Be nice.

  12. By Joe-B on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    That wasn’t Leinart. It was an imposer! Skelton stole Leinarts jersey and look at how well he did, make him the starter now! We will be 2-14 with anyone else but him!


  13. By AndyStandsUp on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    Of course Johnson and Rouse were okay after their “accident” on 17, they should have been lathered up with aloe vera after being burned by the Texans(especially Justin “Takes Bait, Less Covering” Miller) receivers.

  14. By Mike T on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Was Breaston looking good with his knee or was he still playing light on it?

  15. By Darren Urban on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    Mike T —

    He looks fine to me.

  16. By Jesse Robles on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    Fitz injury is no good, but sprain is better then tear. It will be good to see Stephen Williams, Max Komar, and Andre Roberts get a crack at it.

  17. By Neil on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    How did Stephen Williams do working with the first squad?

  18. By Darren Urban on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    Neil, DRC#1 —

    It was limited in a short practice, but he did fine.

  19. By DRC#1FAN on Aug 16, 2010 | Reply


    hows stevie williams witht the first team? I was amazed at how open he was every damn play against the texans. of course it was 2nd and 3rd stringers. is he the same with a starting team? his routes looked sharp and he was fast, catching with his hands. I loved it.

  20. By OLdude on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    Don’t think Fitz should avoid ALL play -just contact for awhile – good opportunity for Williams to get in some additional reps – Max Komar looked good too …. what are his chances of making the team?

  21. By Darren Urban on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    OLdude —

    Max has an uphill climb. Practice squad maybe?

  22. By Mr. Know It All on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    Matt L. has that dear in the headlight look again and that should be corrected during the Titans game, if he can’t get motivated by the rematch then he is in trouble.

    RT B Keith got his wake up call early giving up the sack but he played solid afterward.

    The 1st teams seemed to just do the reps and get it over with. Sure SS A Wilson set the tone on D but on offense we ran just slightly better and could not keep drives going with the pass. The Defense was on the field for 17 min of the 1st half, makes for a tired Defense. I understand the need to evaluate but I think Matt L needs to prove he can lead this team.

    Derek A. throws hard and needs to work on touch and accuracy. It was nice to see B. Wells get the catch for TD. When Whiz jumped up to go for two it seemed to get the team back focused.

    Of course the Second team came through on D. with solid play for the rookie ILB D. Washington, great speed and sure tackling. He blitzed well and was doing those things similar to Dansby. P Lenon had good work with less plays. I think Lenon and Washington could form a run stopping ILB dynamic duo. G Hayes has that bad back and that ain’t no joke. Hope he gets well soon. ILB P Togafau made a game saving play on the goal line poppin the ball out but other times he missed tackles and then there’s that man ILB D Washington recovering the fumble what a play.

    Yes CB J Miller got beat on a big play but his KR avg of over 40 yrds doubled LSH Less Howling 20yrd avg. and RB J Wright once again showed worthiness Mr. Utility. I’d keep J Miller for KR and depth at DB but time will tell, like to see WR/PR A Roberts act like he has some discipline, fair catches every time at PR, false start penalty, dropped passes but on 4th and 5 he came through in the clutch and that leads me to the Play of 3rd string QB J Skelton WOW fantastic job 2 TD drives. Showed poise and touch with his throws should have had 100% on completions and attempts. The future is looking good

    When you see players like Cards 1 pick NT D Williams able to hold the point of attack on the goaline stand and moved well to the ball.
    OLB C Brown showed glimpses and made some plays,
    OLB W Davis brought pressure needs to be ready to make the play for a loss. G Toler is getting better with each snap of the ball and the rookie CB’s showed some good tackling in space. J Calvin, AJ Jefferson,
    M Green all played physical. At least M Green tried to run back the Punt and he made a nice tackle on ST.

    TE J Dray made some nice catches. He was’nt thrown the ball much at Stanford. The House H Johnson did well at getting down field to make at least a wall for RB A Smith on the nice run for TD. Smith showed good speed, I think he is our fastest RB.

    WR S Williams is impressive just like at Toledo he makes the catch takes the hit and holds on to the ball, and he’s got good speed. Nice catch by WR M Komar, WR D Mougey should get his chance. These WR’s are going to push for a spot.

    K J Feely missed that 51 yarder but it was a quick decision by Whiz maybe caught the K slackin but he will be ready next time.

    This win over the Texans was the first home win in the preseaon for Whiz, no game plan just go out and compete. Great job

    Go Cards!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. By Force Factor on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    As often as our receivers seem to get bit by the injury bug, I have a feeling that we may be seeing a lot of S. Williams in the line up this year. With his height and speed, that may not be a bad thing.

  24. By Eazy E on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    AndyStandsUp, Andre Johnson is a top 5 receiver. Justin Miller is trying to make the team, it’s not like it was DRC against Andre Johnson. Justin Miller looked real good on kickoffs though. He got beat, but c’mon give him some slack, when we play houston, DRC will be on Andre Johnson, PERIOD!!!

  25. By AndyStandsUp on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    Eazy E,
    I know Johnson is one of the best NFL receivers(right behind Fitz), But the reality is Miller is going to fighting for a roster spot with Marshay Green and AJ Jefferson, whom also returns kicks. After September 2nd, there’s a chance none of the three will be on the 53 man squad.
    And didn’t the Cards just play Houston, QUESTION MARK???

  26. By Brad ONeill on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    ok I just watched matt’s presser. That guy needs some help, Isnt there a public relations guy that works for the cardinals that could sit down with him and teach him how not to look like an 8 year old thats been caught stealiing? He looked like he was saying exactly what he thought everyone wanted to hear but his delivery was terrible. He definitely needs to work on his confidence.

    i didnt think his performance on the field was bad at all. But what i want from a quarterback who didn’t score is to come out and say “my job is to score touchdowns anytime i don’t score touchdowns I haven’t done my job,”
    How the hell did he not look at the tape yet? How is he going to improve if he doesn’t care enough to review his 12 minutes worth of video in two days?

    I am not a matt hater. hell i am totally rooting for the guy but his press conference was a step in the wrong direction as far as getting fans behind him. The pressure is going to get a lot worse and he really needs to do everything he can to not only get better but to get the fans behind him because life is a lot easier when people are cheering for you.

  27. By AndyStandsUp on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    I saw that video last night and all I could think was that a body language expert would have had a field day with Leinart’s actions.
    The eye contact avoidance, touching of hands to face, placing of hands in front of mic, indirect syntax of answers, etc. all point to a person definitely not comfortable with public speaking.
    Darren, you’ve spoke to and seen Matt a few times. Am I offbase in thinking that he’s okay one-on-one but struggles in group settings? And how does that affect his on-field performance?

  28. By Darren Urban on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    Matt has always seemed OK in public. He’s certainly done enough if it. I’m not sure how it would ever affect him on field.

  29. By AndyM on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply


    I know everyone is being cautious about Stephen Williams and an unheralded rookie trying to make the team should not be hailed as the second coming, but 6’5″, great speed, excellent hands, toughness and a good attitude? It sounds like he could be running first team “for real” and push some more established receivers. It is early, but what is your impression: could this be one of the most talented rookie groups ever for the Cardinals?

  30. By Darren Urban on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    AndyM —

    The team is probably pretty happy right now. But they are holding off anointing anyone yet, and so am I.

  31. By Brad O'Neill on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    darren see what happens when Andy and i dont get enough cardinals info we spend a lot of time analyzing the heck out of everything we do have! Just kidding you really do keep us far more up to date than we have any right to expect.

    Andy you are seeing the exact same things i am seeing. I know there are leaders that aren’t good public speakers and my only point in bringing it up is I think it is something that is correctable. i dont want Matty practicing at toast masters instead of working on his timing, I just think it might be a good idea for him to avoid the pressers until he has some free time to polish up a bit. coach wiz can tell the fans that matty needs to spend some time working on his football and so he is not going to be available to the media for the next month.

    by the way if the cards are looking for a pr guy i work really cheap, have no qualifactions and am an unabashed homer.

  32. By AndyStandsUp on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    Going to overanalyze a little further. When you have reactions that Matt showed during the Q&A, you’re either shy, lying or petulant.(and I’m no psychologist, though I play one on TV).
    If uncomfortable in the public eye(which as Darren said, playing at U$C, shouldn’t be) that can be corrected.
    If Matt’s being coy or spoiled, or worse underconfident, we could have a team morale problem.
    MAN, it’s only preseason, why the Cards want to waste my flavor?

  33. By jwit on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply


    I can honestly say that your constant updates make being a Cardinal Fan very easy. I have been reading your daily dose faithfully for over two years now. I promised myself this year I’ll be more active on your blogs. So for starters, could you comment on Russ G’s reaction to the O-Line performing poorly on Saturday’s game? Do you think Russ’ absence during his Hall of Fame appearance affected the O-line?

    Go Cards!

  34. By Darren Urban on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    jwit —

    Russ’ trip to Canton had no effect on anything.

  35. By LUKE on Aug 17, 2010 | Reply

    People are so quick to judge leinart.give the guy a fair change to do well.if you are a REAL fan of the cards,help the guy out by holding back the boos and giving some praise when he does well.disrespecting and making jokes at his expense does nothing to help the end of the season if he is still shaky,then make a judgment,but after the first preseason game??cmon now,support your qb.alot of these people ripping on him were the same ones ripping warner until he took us to the super bowl.relax people

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