Arizona Cardinals star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was a game-time decision for last week’s contest against the Detroit Lions, but he was able to play through the injury despite being hindered by the ailment as the game went on. After a big Week 1 performance against the rival St. Louis Rams, Fitzgerald caught just two passes against the Lions, and I think it was indeed the injury that held him back. Fitzgerald has stated with conviction that he will play against the New Orleans Saints in Week 3, and it’s certainly a big matchup for this Cardinals team.
According to Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians via the Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers, Larry Fitzgerald wanted to practice yesterday but Arians held him out. “He wants to practice; I’m not letting him. I do not want him aggravating that again. We’ll take that day to day.”
That’s a great/somewhat obvious decision there from Arians, and Fitzgerald is indeed determined to play against the Saints and do whatever it takes for this team to win. His hamstring injury is minor, but it could definitely be aggravated if not managed properly. He won’t miss any games, but there is still the possibility of aggravation or him simply being hindered by the injury in games.
Cardinals tight end Rob Housler is expected to make his season debut on Sunday against the Saints after practicing for the first time this season yesterday. The Cards have targeted Week 3 as the game for Housler to return from a high ankle sprain he sustained in the preseason, and Housler is on track to play. Housler should be good-to-go, but Arians said it best; we need to see how Housler’s ankle does in his return. Arians stated that he thinks Housler won’t have any issues running, but he could potentially run into issues while blocking.