Saturday night against the Houston Texans, Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald sprained the MCL in his right knee.
After catching a 16-yard pass Fitzgerald was immediately tackled at the knees by Texans’ safety Eugene Wilson. At first it seemed like a hard hit, but like usual Fitzgerald jumped up to get back to huddle. He stayed in the game for a few more plays, but was seen lightly limping on the field. Athletic trainers soon tended to his sore right knee wrapping it in ice. He was able to walk on his leg by his own, which is a good sign for a speedy recovery.
The Arizona Republic was told by Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt that he plans to be careful with Fitzgerald over the next few weeks. Most likely this was his last catch in game situation until Sept 12.
“They say they want to be careful with it so it doesn’t linger and … I’m ready to go for Week 1 at St. Louis,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s frustrating, because I was having my best camp as a pro.”
Fitzgerald stated that his weight was down and he was looking forward to a monster year. “I will be fine and rehabbing and getting ready as fast as possible.” He continued to say, “Don’t write me off just yet.”
It is important for the team, and most importantly Matt Leinart to have a healthy Larry Fitzgerald for the entire team. If any time is missed Steve Breaston, Early Doucet, Andre Robets, Edward Grant, Darren Mougey and other wide receivers will be more than willing to step up to the challenge.