Larry Fitzgerald Injures Hamstring During Practice, Questionable for Cardinals-Lions Matchup

Larry FItzgerald Hamstring Injury

Sep 8, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) is unable to catch a pass as St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins (21) defends during the second half at Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis defeated Arizona 27-24. Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald tweaked a hamstring in practice this week and as a result is listed as questionable on the injury report for the Cardinals’ game against the Detroit Lions this weekend.

If Fitzgerald can’t go, a game pitting two of the game’s top two receivers against each other would lose some of its luster. With Calvin Johnson on the Lions’ sideline, the contest was expected to be a matchup of two of the best in the game.

Fitzgerald is off to a hot start on the season. In Week 1, he had eight catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns. As I noted in the 32 Questions series, adding quarterback Carson Palmer makes the offense better. Fitz is maybe the greatest beneficiary of that as his talent was a bit hidden with the weak quarterback play in Arizona last year.

For what it’s worth, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says that Fitzgerald looked a little quicker in practice Friday than he had on Thursday. That, of course, is no guarantee that fans will see him on Sunday – but it is a good sign. If he can’t go, as Somers says, look for backup Andre Roberts to get the start and for Jaron Brown to see more action this week.

 

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Anson Whaley is a freelance writer with more than 16 years of experience. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a current member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). Mr. Whaley has also been a credentialed member of the media for various events.
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