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It’s probably safe to say Larry Fitzgerald isn’t 100 percent healthy. But coach Bruce Arians said while the veteran wide receiver is getting an MRI today — he didn’t specify for what — the move was precautionary and the hope is that Fitzgerald practices later this week.
“I’d be shocked if he misses a game at home,” Arians said of Fitz.
Home, in this case, is not University of Phoenix Stadium but Fitzgerald’s home state of Minnesota, where the Cardinals visit Sunday in a crucial game for NFC playoff hopes with both teams.
Fitz ran off the field OK after yesterday’s win. That’s not everything, but it wasn’t like he was limping around in the locker room, the story said. Arians said Fitzgerald was “sore,” but he should practice either Wednesday or Thursday.
Fitzgerald, who passed Terrell Owens to move into sixth on the NFL’s all-time receptions list during Sunday’s 23-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, left the field late in the second quarter after taking a hit from cornerback Jimmie Ward that upended him and caused him to land on his neck. Fitzgerald returned later in the game and told Ward he thought he tore something.
“I’ve been better,” Fitzgerald said. “I’m good enough to go. This is [Week 10] in the National Football League. Everybody is dealing with something. You tape it up. We have the best trainer in the National Football League in Tom Reed. He’ll have me ready for Sunday.”
The future Hall of Fame wideout, who was targeted 18 times -- his most since Week 17 of 2011 and tied for the most by a receiver this season -- was “sore” walking out of University of Phoenix Stadium. It sounds like he'll be OK for Week 11 but we can't always trust what players say so it's worth watching this week.
“We have about three to four different packages with those guys,” Arians said. “It’s nice to have four healthy guys that are ready to roll.”
Nelson leads the Cardinals in receiving in their past two games with 163 yards. Fitzgerald is second with 144. Floyd and Brown have combined for 114 yards during the past two games.
As long as Nelson keeps catching passes, he’ll continue getting looks. Fitzgerald said this week he was impressed with Nelson’s pass-catching ability and how he’s been able to marry his natural speed with good hands. While the Cardinals wait for Floyd to find his groove and Brown to return to form after being diagnosed as a carrier of the sickle-cell trait, they can rely on Nelson to help fill the void.
Friday, November 11, 2016, 7:00pm
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We know that Larry Fitzgerald will play the most snaps of any Arizona wide receiver, and close to all of the Cardinals’ offensive snaps. And we know that Michael Floyd is questionable with a hamstring injury and John Brown is also questionable as the team continues to figure out how he’s responding to his health issues related to carrying the sickle-cell trait.
They are the Cardinals’ top three receivers. With Jaron Brown shelved for the rest of the year, that leaves J.J. Nelson as the next healthy option. So if Floyd and/or Brown can play, Arians will work them in as much as he can and as much as they can go, leaving Nelson as a reliable next option.
“He’s made great strides,” Arians said. “J.J. has to stay away from those injuries. The shoulder last year and then this year the hand, and then he broke his finger. He’s going to be a dynamite player. He’s just got to stay healthy.”
Nelson is getting closer and closer to playing a significant role in this offense as the injuries continue to affect the position for the Cards. Depending on how things fall this week, he could be anywhere from a WR2 to a WR4. He may be worth grabbing off the wire, at least to stash, if you're looking for help at the position.
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