Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who has already dealt with knee and ankle issues this season, will have an MRI on his right knee on Monday.
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.
He may not be the next Terrell Owens, but the first Jordan Matthews seems to be progressing well in his rookie offseason with the Eagles.
According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Matthews took “a number of reps” with the first-team offense on Tuesday.
Matthews, a second-round pick last month, previously had been working almost exclusively with the No. 2 offense, developing great chemistry with veteran backup quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Matthews will likely see snaps in the slot (at least) this season. Jeremy Maclin is working his way back from an ACL injury and Riley Cooper is solid, but unspectacular. There is opportunity in this offense if Matthews has a great summer, and by most accounts he has. Rookie wideouts usually don’t live up to their ADP, but there is the occasional exception.
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Comparisons between Eagles WR Jordan Matthews and Terrell Owens -- or any top-flight wideout -- are a wee bit overboard. Matthews is doing a nice job catching passes and seems like a hardworking, determined guy, but I’d be real careful about sky-high expectations for the kid in Year 1. Two AFC scouts told me Matthews struggled at the Senior Bowl against press coverage, which isn’t a big deal since he wasn’t among the first seven receivers drafted and wasn’t a first-round pick. But it should reinforce the adage that judgments begin when the pads come out, not in shorts.
Given that Matthews and Josh Huff are both rookies, it wouldn’t surprise me if Chip Kelly showcased more 12 personnel -- two tight ends, two receivers -- early in the season to lean more heavily on experienced veterans than rookies. I think Kelly would feel more comfortable playing an early regular-season game with an offense that featured Riley Cooper, Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek and Zach Ertz than one that put Matthews and/or Huff on the field ahead of Celek.
Seattle's offense will be built around the run. Coach Pete Carroll hasn't wavered from that mandate since he was introduced as the Seahawks coach, and yet receiver is where Seattle has been most predisposed to spending large chunks of money over the past three years.
Terrell Owens has had a 1,000-yard receiving season more recently than any Seahawk player, a fact that's not necessarily going to change this year even after the team's addition of Percy Harvin.
We are not as bullish on Harvin as some fantasy prognosticators out there, but we still think he's going to crack the 1,000-yard mark (current projection: 87-1,098-7.5) and have a fine season for the Seahawks, provided he stays healthy.