Fitzgerald had seven receptions (on a team-high 12 targets) for 60 yards during Sunday's 33-18 loss in Buffalo. The target count exceeds Fitzgerald's previous season high -- 10 in both of the first two games -- but he posted a campaign-worst in yards and didn't reach the end zone, after three combined touchdowns entering Sunday's outing. Like the rest of the Cardinals' receivers, chemistry with quarterback Carson Palmer was less than stellar, as the first five drives doubled as three-and-outs and the final four were dashed with Palmer interceptions. The faux pas aside, Fitzgerald will continue to be a favorite of Palmer in any situation, with double-digit looks still the weekly norm in the wideout's 13 NFL season.
Fitzgerald (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports. After suffering an MCL sprain in training camp, Fitzgerald may be flagged with an injury designation for a decent portion of the season, or at least until the issue diminishes enough to fit in every drill. On the other hand, the veteran wideout's placement on the injury report may be a bit of gamesmanship by head coach Bruce Arians. Ringing in at 33 years old, Fitzgerald still cannot be discounted by opponents, as evidenced by 13 receptions (on 20 targets) for 158 yards and three touchdowns in two games to date.
Fitzgerald (knee) is listed as active Sunday versus the Buccaneers, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports. After a preseason dominated by a slight MCL sprain, Fitzgerald didn't appear on the Cardinals' Week 1 injury report, but game action last Sunday seemingly forced the team's hand. Logging back-to-back limited practices to start the week, a full session followed Friday, which cleared the way for active status Sunday. Look for the veteran wideout to receive the majority of the offensive snaps yet again.
Fitzgerald (knee) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Fitzgerald was a non-participant in the final three preseason tilts due to a slight MCL sprain, yet he was able to avoid the injury report in Week 1. After picking up all but two of the Cardinals' offensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Patriots, he was held out of a portion of drills to kick off practice this week. The development may be a precautionary measure to keep the veteran wideout fresh in his 13th NFL campaign, but his progress throughout the week will give a good indication of his current level of health.
Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns on 10 targets in Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Patriots. In addition to catching the 99th and 100th touchdown passes of his career, Fitzgerald hauled in three balls for 46 yards on Arizona's final drive, only to watch Chandler Catanzaro miss the go-ahead field goal. While not lacking for other weapons, the Cardinals offense largely revolved around Fitzgerald and David Johnson on Sunday, as the rest of the team's talented receiving corps was held in check. Michael Floyd and John Brown should fare better in Week 2 against Tampa Bay, but the 33-year-old Fitzgerald is still the odds-on favorite to lead team in targets.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/02||Los Angeles Rams||12||21.00|
|5||10/07||@San Francisco 49ers||17||23.00|
|6||10/18||New York Jets||25||27.00|
|10||11/13||San Francisco 49ers||17||23.00|
|15||12/18||New Orleans Saints||23||26.33|
|17||01/01||@Los Angeles Rams||12||21.00|
|3 Year Avg||128||85||984||7||51||11.58||140|