No Fitz today, but it feels like he’ll play

Posted by Darren Urban on September 18, 2013 – 2:03 pm

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.

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26 Responses to “No Fitz today, but it feels like he’ll play”

  1. By LG on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    Jimmy graham is a lot better than Jared cook but but bird gang will handle it if they look at the Tampa bay game.

  2. By doug on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    take your time larry fitzgerald, I liked you at Pitt and am still a big fan of yours and the cardinals

  3. By Big Ken on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    Glad to see Housler back.

  4. By Corgon on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    Yeeeeah, Robbie!

  5. By Andy Kw on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    I am sad to see CB Jamell Fleming gone. I felt that he was going to be a beast for the future of the Arizona Cardinals. Why didn’t we cut QB Ryan Lindley? I am pretty sure no one wanted him and that the Cardinals can easily get him back

  6. By Shane on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply


    I know this question has nothing to do with this article, but I cant find any answers to it online. It also has to do with a game that is quit a few weeks away, but I figured there is no harm in asking it. Has Carson Palmer ever played in Seattle?

  7. By Darren Urban on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    Shane —

    RE: Palmer/Seattle

    Sept. 23, 2007. The Bengals lost.

  8. By johnnybluenose on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    off topic here. several times over the past three or four years, when we were struggling to win, i often read comments from some of you who were highly critical of our management and of our ownership. the familiar lament was “same old cardinals”, whatever that means. i know it is hard to stay positive when you so badly want your team to win and it just is not happening. those bad days seem to be behind us now. that’s good for us. but, how would you feel today if you were a die-hard cleveland browns fan, giving up on trent richardson after drafting him 3rd overall just two years ago? talk about a team giving up on the season and going backwards. how do their management team guys keep their jobs or, better yet, how did they get hired in the first place? what a joke they are.

  9. By John The Draft Guy on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    Did you see this?

    Dont like this at all. Faniaka has become a fan favorite. This is a good way to not be one. Play hard not cheap Paul.

  10. By andystandsup on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    Understand Mendenhall’s injury is his big toe.
    Do we know if it’s a sprain or turf toe?

  11. By Darren Urban on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    andystands —

    RE: Mendenhall

    Don’t have any info probably until Friday when Arians talks again.

  12. By John The Draft Guy on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply


    I think the browns made a great trade. Richardson is a huge name but he averages 3.5 yards a carry, been injured, and ended 2013 under a 1000 yards. Averaging 63 yards a game.

    Now before you say it is the browns, That is a good offensive line up there.

    Dont forget Norv Turner is the OC. Turner is known to run the ball. Look at Emmitt, LT, . The guy is over rated. Tell the truth, who would you take, richardson or 6th rounder Alfred Morris?

    Weedon is done, with a pair of first rounders, they can land Bridgewater or any other QB they deem as the top. That defense under Ray Horton will find its way and be strong with guys like Joe Haden, Mingo, Kruger and Desmond Bryant (who was my number 1 free agent this spring)

    Actually, I would feel pretty good if I was a Brown fan. Sometimes you have to understand that in order to build something, you have to clear some stuff out.

  13. By joe holst on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    rest him or it will linger on all year. im ready to activate ryan Williams and demote alphonso smith. bty the cards scored more than 25 pts twice last year. already did it twice this year.

  14. By georgiebird on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    Cards need the offense in this one- Saints have a great offense at home.
    Could be like the 1969 game when I was stationed in Alaska getting the scores over the radio. Kept thinking the game was over but another score would come in -and then another score. Final was Saints 51-Cards 42. Worse thing- my roommate was from N.O. and bugged me for the rest of my tour.

  15. By cardsalltheway on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    Oh yippi, I’ll have to start Housler on my fantasy team.

  16. By exatraz on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren, anyway we got footage of Fitz making those one handed grabs? It is definitely something I would like to see.

  17. By Darren Urban on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    exatraz —

    RE: Footage


  18. By scott023 on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    When I saw the defense tighten up on the lions, play closer at the line. I knew we were going to make them earn every inch of that field. That’s the game changer, we took it to them. Great adjustment. However, when Patrick was beaten by Johnson on that td pass he thought it was pick off by dansby, he froze for a second and Johnson was gone. Had he stayed with the play and tackled him anyway, it would of been just a few yards catch. I am sure he learned to finish his play anyway. He is a great player and that mind set is what wins games.

  19. By Dr. G. on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    Re: Palmer / Seattle

    Try the link below for stats on any player’s history. If you don’t do much research, this will be incredible for you. This sort of info is everywhere. I found the info you requested from Darren, but let’s give you a shot at it…. Be well

  20. By ored on Sep 18, 2013 | Reply

    i knew the colts were in the market for a rb,thought maybe we would work a deal with williams,guess they were thinking alot bigger but i think it was a fair trade,one gets a former top 5 draft pick,giving up maybe a pick in the 20’s and the browns have a lot of choices next year.only downside to that is sometimes next year always seems to reoccur and something always seems just out of reach until you scrap it and start over again.

    good to hear that we get housler back,now if larry responds well to a little rest,should be in for a good game.

  21. By johnnybluenose on Sep 19, 2013 | Reply

    JohnTheDraftGuy….I read your posts and you obviously know football, on and off the field. We’ll see the results of this trade in a year or two. The Colts just got better so what will the Browns really get for their 3rd overall pick? The 15th overall pick in April? The 20th? The Colts seem very happy with this trade and, I think, with good reason.

  22. By Louisville Card on Sep 19, 2013 | Reply


    I agree with your assessment of the browns and needing to clear out space. On that note several of your post have mentioned Fitz’s looming contract. I love Fitz he’s one of my all time favorite players, but with Cleveland obviously looking to get the number one pick and loaded with picks in draft, wouldn’t they make a perfect trading partner to go up to one by trading Fitz. The cards could keep their first rounder and still get Teddy Bridgewater…

    I know I’ll get thumbs down’s for this post, Carson is great but he’s not Teddy Bridgewater. The cards need the qb of the future and Teddy is it or should be…

  23. By Dre on Sep 19, 2013 | Reply

    Quick and simple….

    I don’t understand why Alfonso Smith is the back up running back with his 2.1 yards per carry. I know it is early in the season but 2.1 to 3.0 yards per carry is who Alfonso is, we would have seen otherwise if he wasn’t by now.

    Mendenhall has been a breath of fresh air thus far but what if he goes down. Can Alfonso Smith step into the lead running back role. Ryan Williams needs to be on the field.

  24. By azdesertrat1953 on Sep 19, 2013 | Reply

    Okay Darren, no footage of Fitz doing one handed catches Yet.

    Put a bug in some body’s ear that it would be a Cool idea to see all of those one handed grabs in a slow-mo, one right after the other, left, right, left, right, left, from about five yards right behind him!
    Just saying, It would be Cool.

    GO CARDS!!!

  25. By georgiebird on Sep 19, 2013 | Reply

    Browns traded Richardson because Jim Brown didn’t like his game. Brown is being given more responsibility with the new Browns ownership group.

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