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WR Larry Fitzgerald - Arizona Cardinals

6-3, 223Born: 8-31-1983College: PittsburghDrafted: Round 1, pick 3

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He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 24): Fitzgerald was unable to practice last week due to his injured knee (sprained MCL), and he was inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play on Friday. After the game, head coach Bruce Arians stated that Fitzgerald 'couldn't run' during pregame warmups.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 24): Fitzgerald wasn't able to play in Week 12, and even though the matchup is great against Atlanta in Week 13, it will be hard to trust Fitzgerald - that is even if he even can get on the field.

General News (Fri Nov 28): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week. Fitzgerald said on Thursday that he's highly unlikely to play in Week 13. He will be a game-time decision for Week 13, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Arians said Fitzgerald will not be limited if he is active for the game.

General News (Thu Nov 27): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Nov 26): did not practice on Wednesday. Fitzgerald, however, felt some progress in his sprained left medial collateral ligament Tuesday, Nov. 25, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Fitzgerald was pretty upset that he was unable to play in Week 12.

General News (Tue Nov 25): is unsure when he will return from his knee injury, according to head coach Bruce Arians. "We still don't know anything about Larry," Arians said. "If we were practicing today, he would not practice. We'll see how he improves by Wednesday and go from there." General manager Steve Keim said Fitzgerald remains day-to-day a week after suffering a Grade 2 medial collateral ligament sprain. He was a game-time decision in Week 12 but "couldn't run," which led him to be inactive.

Week 13: at Atlanta Falcons

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. The Cardinals struggled mightily without Larry Fitzgerald in Seattle (head coach Bruce Arians stated that Fitzgerald couldn't run during warmups last week), so Drew Stanton had an off game against the outstanding Seahawks' pass D (14/26 for 149 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with three sacks taken for -9 yards). Considering that Fitzgerald is dealing with a MCL strain, it's looking iffy for him to go in this contest against Atlanta. We did see some good moves by John Brown last Sunday (five targets for 3/61/0 receiving), but Michael Floyd continued his epic collapse this year with two targets for zero catches during the game. Coach Arians stated after the loss that he 'should have done a better job finding ways to get Michael Floyd open' - the five targets for 2/54/2 receiving Floyd saw two weeks ago seems like a distant memory entering Week 13. It's definitely fair to say that Floyd has been erratic in production during 2014. Fortunately for Stanton and company, the Falcons' pass D is awful. They average 284.1 net passing yards allowed per game, worst in the NFL, while handing over 14 passing scores this year, vs. 12 interceptions and a mere sacks generated to date (tied for eighth in the NFL, and tied for next-to-last in the league, respectively). Brian Hoyer rang up 313 net yards passing against Atlanta last week, though he threw zero TDs and three interceptions, while taking one sack for -9 yards. Cam Newton posted 23/37 for 285 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions vs. the Falcons, with two sacks taken for -7 yards back in Week 11. This is a good matchup for the visiting Cardinals.

Recent Stats and Projections

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9 at DAL 0 0 0 6 5 70 0 0
10 vs STL 0 0 0 10 9 112 0 0
11 vs DET 0 0 0 4 2 33 0 0
13 at ATL PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 0 * * *
13 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs STL (10 / 9 / 112 / 0 rec)

Perhaps the biggest question the Palmer injury leads us to asking is what effect it will have on Larry Fitzgerald? Since Palmer returned this season against Washington, Fitzgerald has been on fire and both Fitzgerald's role in the offense, as well as his chemistry with Palmer has been clear. While Fitzgerald's number of targets never really waned during the 3-game stretch Stanton started, the production translated from those targets was severely diminished. Between that and the difficult stretch of defenses coming up on the Cardinals' schedule, this is something fantasy owners will want to keep a very close eye on. With respect to Sunday's game, Fitzgerald was again incredibly impressive. Catching 9 of his 10 targets and accounting for nearly 1/3rd of the offense's total yards, Fitzgerald was just about the only bright spot on the offense until John Brown happened. Fitzgerald still remains the type of talent who can help uplift the play of a backup quarterback, but this remains an interesting byproduct of Palmer's injury, and one Fitzgerald's fantasy owners will have to consider going forward.

2014 Week 11 vs DET (4 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)

After a multi-week stint reminding the world who Larry Fitzgerald was, the veteran wide receiver came back to earth a bit. That was a function of a few different things, most notably being the injury Fitzgerald suffered to his knee late in the 2nd quarter. While he was able to come back in the 2nd half and finish the game, including making the game-securing first down catch, Fitzgerald was clearly slowed by it. As per beat writer Kent Somers, Fitzgerald suffered a grade-2 MCL sprain and is expected to play next week in Seattle. Many still speculate he'll be more of a game-time decision, so fantasy owners should keep a close watch on Fitzgerald's practice status throughout the week. Another cause for Fitzgerald's drop in targets on Sunday was the switch at quarterback. Stanton was not shy about throwing deep on Sunday, and on a few occasions ignored open short-intermediate routes in favor of the deep ball. This leaves Fitzgerald, who is no longer the team's deep threat, a bit left out in the cold. Stanton will have to find a better way to balance this out as Fitzgerald proved over the last several weeks he's still an incredibly dangerous receiving threat, and a sparkplug for this offense.

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Latest News

Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald a game-time decision (Fri Nov 28, 03:25 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 28, and will be a game-time decision for Week 13, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Arians said Fitzgerald will not be limited if he is active for the game.

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Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald unlikely for Week 13 (Fri Nov 28, 09:53 AM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) said he's highly unlikely to play in Week 13 Sunday, Nov. 30.

Our View: Fitzgerald is trying to come back from this knee injury, but the team won't let him come back too soon. They need to give him proper time to heal, and that means another week of rest. Without Fitzgerald, we could see more targets for guys like Michael Floyd and John Brown. They have a sweet matchup against a bad Falcons defense in Week 13.
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Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald still out (Thu Nov 27, 03:53 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 27.

Our View: Fantasy owners need to be finding better options. Fitzgerald may try to practice tomorrow, but at this time he's looking doubtful to play.
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Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald misses practice (Wed Nov 26, 08:24 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Our View: Fitzgerald COULD be back this week...but there's no guarantee. Check back to see if he can practice on Friday.
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Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald progressing (Wed Nov 26, 01:47 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) felt some progress in his sprained left medial collateral ligament Tuesday, Nov. 25, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Fitzgerald was pretty upset that he was unable to play in Week 12.

Our View: Good news for the Cardinals and for Fitzgerald's fantasy owners here. He was close to playing last week against the Seahawks, and there's a good chance we see Fitzgerald back this week. The Cardinals have a great matchup against a bad Falcons defense.
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