Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm
Cardinals WR John Brown (teeth, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 13. Brown is a Sneaky Start this week given a good matchup and the questionable status of Larry Fitzgerald.
Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 13. Fitzgerald called himself “highly likely” to play, though he was apparently limited in Friday’s practice. The Cardinals play in the late round of games on Sunday, so it will be difficult to trust him if he’s a true game-time decision. John Brown and Michael Floyd would get a bump if Fitzgerald is out.
Cardinals beat writer Josh Weinfuss on how the team would compensate if Larry Fitzgerald misses another week: A second week without Fitzgerald is sure to be better than the Cardinals' first. Arizona looked like it didn't know what to do without Fitzgerald in the lineup, and it cost the team dearly in its 19-3 loss to Seattle on Sunday. If a second time around happens this weekend, I'd expect Michael Floyd to be the centerpiece of the offense. HC Bruce Arians admitted he didn't do a very good job of getting Floyd involved, which was evident by him not having a catching in two targets.
This wasn't the case in Week 12, where Floyd was only targeted twice. Arians acknowledged his mistake, and should find the going easier against a shaky Falcons pass defense. John Brown would also get a bump if Fitzgerald is out. The Cardinals play in the late round of games on Sunday, so if Fitz is a game-time decision, it would complicate matters.
Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 12. Fitzgerald hopes to play through the sprain, though HC Bruce Arians called him “iffy” for Week 12. He’ll be a game-time decision. The Cardinals play late on Sunday, so he won’t be an attractive start, especially in a bad matchup with the Seahawks. In fact, we’re not all that excited about Michael Floyd or John Brown even if Fitz is out.
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) missed practice again Thursday. Fitzgerald hopes to play through the sprain, though HC Bruce Arians called him “iffy” for Week 12. He’ll be a game-time decision. The Cardinals play late on Sunday, so he won’t be an attractive start, especially in a bad matchup with the Seahawks.
It's a big relief to the Cards. Fitzgerald was able to finish the game, yet the team has to be relieved the MRI results indicate it wasn’t serious. A grade 2 sprain is on a scale from 1-3. Most medical web sites say a grade 2 is a severe sprain or partial tear. Initial reports on Darren Sproles said he had a partial tear and he ended up missing a game along with a bye week. If Fitz is the one who said he will play, we'll have to at least wait and see how he progresses this week, as players are often too optimistic about their statuses. John Brown could see a bump in snaps if Fitzgerald were to miss a game or two.
Monday, November 17, 2014, 9:04am
Fitzgerald departed before halftime, but played in the second half and came up with a key third down catch late in the game to help ice Arizona’s ninth victory of the season. He’s still going to go get an MRI to make sure that there’s no serious damage lurking underneath the surface, although neither he nor coach Bruce Arians appeared to be overly concerned.
It's what everyone feared, and assumed, as soon as Palmer went down on is own against the Rams in Week 10. It's a huge blow to the team's chances at a long playoff run. From a fantasy perspective, Drew Stanton takes over as the QB the rest of the season. As we said the first time around with Stanton, owners of Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and now the popular John Brown, must bump their values down. Andre Ellington could benefit with more carries and perhaps getting more involved in the safer, short passing game, but his touches were already approaching what many felt was his limit. Four of the next six weeks are against defenses ranked in the top five in terms of allowing fantasy points to QBs, including two games against the Seahawks as well as the Lions Week 11, the top ranked team.
Monday, November 10, 2014, 9:17am
"The first couple of days (of training camp)," Fitzgerald said after the Cardinals' 31-14 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. "He caught every ball that was thrown to him and he was getting open consistently. I know everybody was excited."
No one, however, could have foreseen the kind of impact Brown would make. He had 24 catches for 326 yards and four touchdowns heading into Sunday's game, including, of course, the game-winning 75-yard bomb from Carson Palmer to beat Philadelphia two weeks ago.
It will be hard to top that catch, but Brown tried against the Rams. His diving 48-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown reception from backup quarterback Drew Stanton gave Arizona a 17-14 lead, energized a crowd that had been quiet for much of the day at University of Phoenix Stadium and was the impetus for Arizona outscoring St. Louis 21-0 in the final 15 minutes.
We saw some signs of a possible outburst from Brown this year in the preseason when the Cardinals raved about him. While it's not uncommon for a team to talk positive about a player, you could almost feel the sincerity with the Card's words about Brown. He's making his share of big plays, but right now he's probably still safer for deeper leagues. The loss of Palmer didn't seem to hurt Brown in Week 10, but the value of all of the Cards WRs likely has to drop a bit as the team turns to Stanton.
Contract terms were not disclosed by the Cardinals, but sources confirmed to ESPN that the deal is worth $50 million in total. It is guaranteed through 2015 and includes a guaranteed $20.5 million during that span, a source said. The average salary range is between $15.9 million and $16.6 million.
From a fantasy perspective, Palmer is in a pretty good situation and for the most part is a lower-end QB1. He has a reliable, but aging veteran in Larry Fitzgerald and a close-to star in Michael Floyd. John Brown is an emerging deep threat and Andre Ellington at RB is an option to run and catch the ball out of the backfield.
Thursday, October 30, 2014, 9:48am
Cardinals beat writer Josh Weinfuss: With WR John Brown, Arizona added a reliable speed option. Carson Palmer and Brown developed a great rapport while working together in Southern California this offseason and it’s just translated onto the field. While Larry Fitzgerald has shown he can make a tough catch in traffic and break free for 80 yards and Michael Floyd can go up and over anyone who challenges him, it’s Brown who can take the top off the defense. He has started showing up more and more on opposing game plans over the last few weeks, but after his game-winning touchdown catch Sunday, I’m sure he’ll be a point of emphasis going forward, which will spread secondaries thin and open up the middle and underneath for the rest of the Cardinals’ receivers.
Urban added that the worst seems to be behind Palmer, which is great news. He's worth grabbing if he ended up on your wire. At apparently less than 100 percent, Palmer threw for 250 yards and two TDs last week against the Redskins - one to Michael Floyd and the other to Larry Fitzgerald. It looks like pretty smooth sailing for the next four weeks with games against the Raiders, Eagles, Cowboys and Rams, who all rank 14th or lower in terms of giving up points to QBs.
Greg Roskopf, the founder and CEO of Muscle Activation Techniques, made "significant progress" during a weekend of treatment on Cardinals QB Carson Palmer, who has been out since Week 2 with the nerve issue.
There was enough improvement to allow 40 to 50 passes on Tuesday. Palmer had no setbacks and threw more during Cardinals practice on Wednesday. How Palmer reacts to that latest session will go a long way in determining if he returns to action when the Cardinals host the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
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