Kirk admitted that the ankle injury he sustained Week 4 troubled him in the second half of the season, but the wideout said he won't require surgery during the offseason, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports. "It's not a fun deal, but I didn't want to miss any more games," Kirk said, who sat out three contests before returning to action Week 8. "If I can get out there and contribute and help the team, I'm going to do it. But to get to the offseason and get healthy and get [the ankle] 100 percent, I can't wait to get it right." Kirk said the ankle in question was "rolled up on" several times after he returned from the three-game absence, but he still finished with 68 receptions for 709 yards and three touchdowns, falling just short of beating out Larry Fitzgerald (75-804-4) for top honors in all categories among Arizona receivers. He'll likely take the next few weeks off to get the ankle right but otherwise shouldn't face any restrictions during his offseason training.
Kirk caught seven of 10 targets for 60 receiving yards during Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Rams. While Kirk's final 2019 stat line illustrates marked improvement from the totals he established in targets (68), receptions (43) and receiving yards (590) during his rookie campaign, the 23-year-old wideout was largely a hit-or-miss commodity outside of his absurdly productive Week 10 outing against Tampa Bay. Kirk accounted for six catches, 138 yards and three touchdowns during a matchup against the Buccaneers' porous pass defense, but he otherwise averaged 5.2 catches and 47.6 yards per game with zero TDs across his other 12 appearances. Kirk proved to be a deployable, yet largely inconsistent, fantasy asset throughout the course of 2019, but he has potential to take another leap in 2020 as he continues to build rapport with Kyler Murray.
Kirk failed to catch any of his five targets and gained nine yards on two carries in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Seahawks. While his target volume remained steady from the prior week, inconsistent quarterbacking from Kyler Murray (hamstring) and backup Brett Hundley conspired to give Kirk a goose egg in catches. The second-year receiver could be working with Hundley again in Week 17 against the Rams, so don't bank on a big rebound to close out the year.
Kirk (ankle) is listed as active Sunday in Seattle, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Kirk hasn't missed a game since logging DNPs in Weeks 5 through 7 due to an ankle injury. In seven contests in the meantime, his offensive snap share has ranged from 86 to 99 percent on a weekly basis. Consequently, it's no surprise Kirk is among Kyler Murray's favorite receivers, as he's gathered in 37 of 56 targets for 407 yards and three TDs while turning five carries into 60 yards during that span.
Kirk (ankle), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Seattle, is expected to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Kirk's ankle injury sidelined him for the Cardinals' first practice of Week 16 and limited his participation in the final two sessions, prompting coach Kliff Kingsbury to label the receiver as a "game-day decision" entering the weekend, per Darren Urban of the team's official site. Arizona will presumably put Kirk through a workout early Sunday before rendering a verdict on his status, but barring any setbacks, the wideout appears poised to avoid the inactive list, which will be released 90 minutes prior to the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. Since missing three games on account of the ankle injury between Weeks 5 and 7, Kirk has suited up for each of Arizona's last seven games, scoring three touchdowns (all in Week 10) while averaging 5.3 receptions and 66.7 yards from scrimmage.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||@San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|5||10/11||@New York Jets||25||23.50|
|12||11/29||@New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|13||12/06||Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|14||12/13||@New York Giants||29||26.00|
|16||12/27||San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|17||01/03||@Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|3 Year Avg||88||56||650||3||26||11.61||89|