Fitzgerald (undisclosed) won't play in Sunday's Pro Bowl, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Urban didn't cite a reason for Fitzgerald's absence, but after Seattle, a divisional foe, announced Doug Baldwin as the replacement, they noted an injury was to blame for his DNP, per John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site. Fitzgerald will thus embark upon his annual offseason travels, wherein he'll ponder his future in the NFL. Currently, he's locked up contractually through the 2017 campaign.
Fitzgerald reeled in five of seven passes for 43 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 44-6 victory in Los Angeles. As Fitzgerald wraps up his 13th professional season, he was extending personal records on a weekly basis and setting the occasional NFL record. Sunday was no different, as his fifth and final catch of the day was a five-yard TD strike from Carson Palmer, ensuring a league-leading 107 catches for the campaign and becoming the first player the top the NFL in receptions 11 yards apart (2005 and 2016). While Fitzgerald is under contract for another year, he intends to take a wait-and-see approach with his future. If he's indeed laced up the cleats for the last time, he proved that he went out in tip-top shape, hauling in 71.3 percent of the passes thrown his way for 1,023 yards and six scores.
Fitzgerald hauled in all four passes for 31 yards during Saturday's 34-31 victory in Seattle. Entering Week 16 as the NFL's leader in receptions, Fitzgerald again put up an uninspiring line, at least in the fantasy realm, but matching his season-low target count didn't help matters. Perhaps his primary contribution to the game was an eight-yard reception with 27 seconds remaining to transform a potential 51-yard field goal to a more manageable 43-yarder, which Chandler Catanzaro nailed through the uprights as time expired. With 14 receptions (on 22 targets) for 100 yards over the last three weeks, Fitzgerald's 13th NFL season isn't ending on a high note. However, after notching 100 catches for the fourth time in his career Saturday, he sits just 20 yards shy of his eighth 1,000-yard campaign.
Fitzgerald posted a team-leading seven receptions for 57 yards during Sunday's 48-41 loss to the Saints. In a game featuring just three punts among 22 possessions, Fitzgerald's second contribution was a lost fumble that resulted in a Saints touchdown drive, wiping away the Cardinals' sole lead (7-3) of Week 15. The foible aside, he received nine targets but actually corralled seven of them, unlike last Sunday, when he recorded a season-low three catches. With 98 on the season, he boasts the top mark in the NFL, but more impressively, he has exactly one more reception through 200 career games than the inimitable Jerry Rice (1,116 versus 1,115). Fitzgerald will look forward to Saturday's divisional matchup in Seattle.
Fitzgerald was held to season lows in catches (three) and receiving yards (12) during Sunday's 26-23 defeat at Miami. Prior to Sunday, Fitzgerald had managed to accrue at least 49 yards through the air in the first 12 games of the season, yet his 12 yards represented the second-most among Cardinals wide receivers (Michael Floyd recorded 18 yards). Making matters worse, Fitzgerald and company found difficulty contending with a Dolphins secondary one week removed from getting lit up by the Ravens to the tune of 386 yards and four touchdowns. In any case, owners can consider these happenings an anomaly, as the Cardinals prepare to face the Saints' 29th-ranked pass defense in Week 15.
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