Fitzgerald plays it cool

Posted by Darren Urban on September 12, 2013 – 3:46 pm

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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13 Responses to “Fitzgerald plays it cool”

  1. By Thomas77 on Sep 12, 2013 | Reply

    Not that I want to read too much into this…but this is the first time in recent history (that I recall anyway) that Fitz has been limited in practice or is somewhat questionable for a game because of something like a hamstring. As Darren mentioned in his examples, most (if not all) previous incidents (again, that I recall) were usually caused by a hit or something to that effect. So either Arians and Fitz are playing the “Fitz doesn’t need practice, let’s keep him healthy and not risk injury” game, or maybe — just maybe, Fitz is starting to descend from the clouds and morph into a mortal being, susceptible to natural injury (ie., getting old) *gasp*!

  2. By the way Dr. G. on Sep 12, 2013 | Reply

    Fitz is a gamer… And at 30, he is probably as fit as anyone in the NFL can be with his sensible lifestyle and fitness regimen. “RARE” … Others younger than he praise his abilities and want to emulate his durability and heart… Megatron is 29, and everyone is fearful of him this week. If Fitz is sidelined, it is an injury…..not old age. Hammies are common at all ages for those who over exert… This guy has lots of motor left… I will eat my sombrero if I am wrong… Be well…

  3. By Big Ken on Sep 13, 2013 | Reply

    He’s got plenty left in the tank, but don’t forget we’ve got some other pretty good guys at WR on the team.

  4. By georgiebird on Sep 13, 2013 | Reply

    On the “Going from 1st to 3rd” article:
    I found this article very “hello is anybody home” as regards BA’s observations.
    Any long time Cardinals’ fan could chuckle at your article. Of course the Cards failed to get the job done- this has been going on, in innumerable cases for the better part of half a century.
    There are Cards’ games over the years where they are totally out-classed- but not that many. Most games involve a failure to pick up a needed first down or not stopping a 3rd down pass or committing a dumb penalty.
    BA might have been a little more accurate by summing up the Rams game as “the same ol’ Cardinals”.
    Does anyone remember SB XLIII when the Cards couldn’t get one lousy stop at the end of the game?
    C’mon BA, tell us long suffering Cardinals’ fans something new.

  5. By Darren Urban on Sep 13, 2013 | Reply

    Georgie —

    RE: Going on

    I understand frustration, but I will tell you again what I have told you a million times — this idea that what the Cards did in the 1960s, or 1970s, or 1980s, or 1990s now impacts the 2013 team is laughable to me. Totally different players, different guys making decisions, completely different NFL game. Yet you somehow link it all together.

    Let me ask you this: When you make a mistake, should we blame your great-grandfather for it? Or give him credit when you do something right in your life?

  6. By georgiebird on Sep 13, 2013 | Reply

    When the mistakes are systemic in might be in the blood. So as foolish as your question might seem, you could blame my great-grandfather or in a football sense the “organization”. It could be in the blood.
    As you know , I am also a baseball Cardinals’ fan. It amazes me that almost on a year to year basis-the baseball team overachieves and the football team underachieves. A friend of mine is a Bears and Cubs fan-he thinks it’s in the DNA.

  7. By Darren Urban on Sep 13, 2013 | Reply

    Georgie —

    RE: Systemic

    I will give you big-picture struggles to win or lose on that point. I can’t argue against it.

    But a team, for instance, never having good enough linebackers? Nope. You’ll never convince me how that could be systemic over decades. Sorry. Yet that’s what you keep trying to say. Makes zero sense. Not picking up third downs? How does Carson Palmer (never a Card before this year) throwing to Andre Ellington (never a Card before this year) on a play called by Bruce Arians (never a Card before this year) and falling incomplete have anything to do with the 2003 team, for instance?

  8. By Kevin S on Sep 13, 2013 | Reply

    People create storylines after the fact to fit what happened. The Cubs are cursed. The Red Sox were cursed too… but then suddenly they weren’t, when they won two World Series in four years. Tebow’s “just a winner,” based on taking a 1-4 team to the playoffs. (We heard some of the same things about Skelton when our team went from 1-6 to finish 8-8 the same year; unfortunately the “just a winner” mystique didn’t carry over to 2012.)

    Side discussion unrelated to football for Georgiebird: I don’t know that I would say the baseball Cardinals are overachievers; rather, I’d say they’ve had stability, especially at the manager position… Herzog for a decade, followed by Joe Torre for about 5 years (which were kinda down years — no playoffs) and then LaRussa for what seemed like forever. He always got the most out of his players… kinda like Earl Weaver in that way — sure they’ve had their share of stars, but also both guys knew how to platoon, how to use their utility players at just the right time, and how to manage a pitching staff (in LaRussa’s case, hire Dave Duncan).

  9. By Dr. G. on Sep 13, 2013 | Reply

    Systemic? Wow, if that is ingrained in one’s thinking, they should just give up and take up spectator knitting or curling..

    The Yankees were a much less than average team until a personnel change in 1920’s… yeah…him… They dominated baseball for the next 40+ years.

    The Cards have made many personnel changes indicating a seriously sincere desire to get it done. The NFL is designed to create balance but, there’s no negative systemic gene here following the team now. They turned the corner a few years back, have hit a few speed bumps, and needed a couple mulligans, but the fans have hope… Look at the following… Look in the stands and in Mexico!

    P.S. We need to talk FOOTBALL now…. G’day…

  10. By georgiebird on Sep 13, 2013 | Reply

    @ Kevin S.
    The baseball Cardinals barely made the playoffs in 2006, 2011 & 2012. The end result of those three seasons are two World Championships and last year, ending up one game from getting into the WS. that is what I call overachieving.
    You do make a good point about the managers of the baseball Cards being top-notch. On the other hand, the football Cardinals have never had a HC go on to be successful after they left the Cardinals, except for Don Coryell, who by the way, was the best Cardinals HC.

  11. By georgiebird on Sep 13, 2013 | Reply

    @ Dr G.
    There is a job waiting for you in the Cards PR Dep’t.

  12. By georgiebird on Sep 13, 2013 | Reply

    As I write this “no hitting”Brendan Ryan is hitting a Home Run for the Yankees and Alphonso Soriano has become about the best player in baseball-will wonders ever cease?
    Maybe it’s not in the blood but in the uniform.

  13. By William Barry on Sep 15, 2013 | Reply

    In week two, our offensive line played much better, and overall, I think the offensive line has done pretty well, considering. Carson Palmer has put pretty good numbers in two weeks. We should have won in week 1 vs. the Rams.

    P.S. when is Rob Housler going to play??????

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