Already in this young NFL season, there is plenty of hope that the Arizona Cardinals can compete in the dangerous NFC West. After a victory against the Detroit Lions Sunday, the team sits at 1-1. Their one loss came in the opener against a very underrated, tough St. Louis Rams team.
The biggest reason for their optimism has to be due to quarterback Carson Palmer, who was brought in to be able to get the ball to their talented group of wide receivers in a more efficient fashion than last year’s trio of passers.
Palmer has already enjoyed solid chemistry with All Pro Larry Fitzgerald, and the wide receiver could be on his way to a Pro Bowl selection if all ends well. Against Detroit, Fitzgerald’s day is the only thing that did not end well.
Coming into the game, Fitzgerald had been dealing with a minor hamstring injury and wound up leaving early because of it. He could not finish the game, but his teammates took care of business getting the victory.
After the game, Fitzgerald said ”I would’ve been good if I was 80 percent,” according to ESPN. Right away, that doesn’t sound too good. But, according to coach Bruce Arians, Fitzgerald should be okay next week.
“We’ll see how the hamstring is next week, but I don’t think it’s too bad,” Arians said.
Hopefully Fitzgerald can be on the field next Sunday as the Cardinals take on the New Orleans Saints who are 2-0 on the year. A win against Drew Brees and the Saints would be a huge lift in momentum early on this year.