Fantasy Football Injury Update: Larry Fitzgerald Week 2 Bench Warmer?

By Dustin Manko
Larry Fitzgerald
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To sit or not to sit, that is the question. Whether ‘tis nobler to suffer at the hands of a wide receiver three or to take the field with an injured star against a leaky secondary, Larry Fitzgerald owners now must decide whether to start or sit their star wide receiver.

This is a tough pill for you Fitzgerald owners. On the positive side, you must consider that he is Larry Fitzgerald. The man can catch virtually anything thrown in his general vicinity. He is coming off an 80 yard, two touchdown performance against a good St. Louis Rams defense. He now has a very tasty matchup against a much less imposing Detroit Lions secondary. In addition, with the way the Lions score points, it can safely be assumed that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer will be slinging the rock to keep pace in what figures to be a high scoring affair in Detroit.

However, you have to see the waning signs. Fitzgerald’s hamstring was “tweaked” in Wednesday’s practice. He practiced in a limited capacity Thursday and Friday. Despite reports that Fitzgerald was doing well, he still showed up on the injury report as questionable. A situation to monitor, I suppose, but plenty of players get tagged questionable and still have productive Sundays. Wes Welker has made a career of it. Fitzgerald has missed five games out of a possible 141 in his career, so all signs indicated he would probably suit up.

That was, until Saturday.

On Saturday the Cardinals gave wide receiver Kerry Taylor a promotion from the practice squad to the active roster, and with that, gave Fitzgerald owners a significant reason to worry. Typically NFL teams don’t make these kind of moves unless they are worried that they will be short a player. The signing means that the Cardinals are really uncertain on Fitzgerald’s status. He will be a true game time decision. With Fitzgerald playing in the second set of games, putting him in your starting lineup could be a very risky move.

We all saw how the Roddy White situation played out last weekend. Even if he plays, can he be effective? Is Larry Fitzgerald the Roddy White of week two?

If you have better options, you might want to seriously consider starting them. The red flags have been raised. A player has been called up, meaning the Cardinals have a backup plan in place should Fitzgerald not be able to go. You need to have a backup plan as well.

As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.

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