Fitz, Mendenhall questionable but should play

Posted by Darren Urban on September 20, 2013 – 1:41 pm

Both wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) and running back Rashard Mendenhall (toe) were upgraded to limited practice today and will officially be listed as questionable for Sunday’s game in New Orleans. Questionable is a 50-50 designation, but if I had to guess, I’d guess both will be active for the Saints. Both looked OK during the open portion of practice (which isn’t necessarily full speed and isn’t in pads, so take it for what it is worth.) Also, both fall into that category of Bruce Arians from earlier in the week, when he said he’d let a player with a good résumé play even with no practice. Obviously both practiced and in both cases, both have proven themselves to Arians enough that I’d think he’d trust their judgment when it comes to this.

Mendenhall’s injury isn’t a turf toe, Arians said (Mendenhall suffered it during the game and played with it, Arians said). Arians said he didn’t remember the name of what exactly Mendenhall had, and even though it isn’t turf toe, “it’s damn close,” Arians said with a chuckle.

Of course, being active and playing doesn’t mean playing the whole game. We saw that with Fitzgerald last week. How much of an impact either can make is TBD. And this week, since the Cardinals have to get on a plane, we also don’t know if the flight could somehow aggravate either injury, which makes “questionable” a lot of sense.

Linebacker Kevin Minter (hamstring) is out for the game. The Cardinals did have tight end Rob Housler (ankle) practice fully for the first time Friday, so he is ready to play. He will be a welcome addition to the offense.

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13 Responses to “Fitz, Mendenhall questionable but should play”

  1. By kauaicardsfan on Sep 20, 2013 | Reply

    Aloha Darren,
    Can you answer me this as far as injurious status goes? There is probable, or questionable.
    Why is there different status? Is this different status for Vegas or Fantasy owners, or strategy ?

    Either your in or your out? IDK maybe its just me but I could never see this, it should be black and white why all this grey areas?

    You play or you don’t play?

    I must be missing something? Sorry if I’m so naive to this.


  2. By Darren Urban on Sep 20, 2013 | Reply

    Kauai —

    RE: Injury reports

    Basically, probable is 75 percent chance to play, questionable 50, doubtful 25, out zero.

    Yes, it is in part to have transparency for many reasons, which I am sure includes Vegas (so that it’s harder for people to get inside information.)

  3. By bigpapa on Sep 20, 2013 | Reply

    Darren, Does Mendenhall being quest finally mean we will see Ryan Williams this year. Have you heard anything on his activity??

  4. By Darren Urban on Sep 20, 2013 | Reply

    Bigpapa, Louisville —

    RE: Williams

    See my “Friday before the Saints” post

  5. By Louisville Card on Sep 20, 2013 | Reply

    Hi Darren,

    So from your story do you expect to see a heavy dose of Ellington this week? Or maybe an active Ryan Williams?

  6. By ored on Sep 20, 2013 | Reply

    if nothing else both will pick their spots for big plays and maybe a diversion for something else,but it’s still going to take a team effort and housler should benefit being a surprise with no film to study.

    i think our defense needs to set the tone,never a good thing to try and go toe to toe with their offense,if we stay close offensively and defense wins their battles,then it may come down to special teams play,i think that would put a smile on cards fans face.

  7. By GMAN on Sep 21, 2013 | Reply

    I know this is off the subject but,has anyone ordered a replica jersey from the AZone Store? I am very dissapointed in the quality of Nike compared to Reebok.I couldn’t believe after spending 193.00 the numbers and letters were screen printed.My Reebok replica jerseys have sewn on numbers and letters.

  8. By ored on Sep 21, 2013 | Reply

    gman,pay a visit to a good seamstress,seems like it’s best to customize,i’m thinking a ball cap and a plain red or white jersey with logos would be a better deal.

  9. By GMAN on Sep 21, 2013 | Reply

    ored,the only reason I am keeping this jersey is because it has my name on the back and the 85 I wore in highschool.It looks good from a distance.

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