Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald Evaluated for Concussion After Big Hit

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 29, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 29: Larry Fitzgerald # 11 of the Arizona Cardinals listens to music as he catches passes during pre-game warm-ups before the start of an NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 29, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
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Larry Fitzgerald is one tough dude.

The star Arizona Cardinals receiver took a hit while diving for a pass in the first half of his team's Monday night game against the San Francisco 49ers and fell face first into the turf. 

He understandably looked a little shaky while getting up off the field and making his way to the sideline, but apparently everything checked out OK. Pro Football Talk tweeted out this update. 

Larry Fitzgerald evaluated for concussion, doesn't miss a play wp.me/p14QSB-6ffB

— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 30, 2012

In PFT's article on the subject, Michael David Smith passed along the news shared by ESPN's broadcast that Fitzgerald "was sniffing ammonia and that his balance was being checked."

The smelling salts must have worked because he is playing as I write this and showing no signs of any ill effects from the impact. This is great news for the Cardinals because they are going to need him. 

With time running out in the first half, the Cardinals trail 10-0. Fitzgerald has yet to register a catch in this game.

The nine-year pro is enjoying yet another solid season, but his numbers put him on a pace that would be well off his yardage from a season ago. 

Through seven games, Fitzgerald has 459 yards. He finished last season with 1,411 yards. 

This has been more a product of the Cardinals' terrible offensive line and poor quarterback play than any signs of slipping from the 29-year-old. 

Fitzgerald's longest reception on the year is 37 yards. The Cardinals have surrendered more sacks per game than any team, and they simply don't have the luxury of getting Fitzgerald deep to make plays. 

This would be a great time for the Cardinals to figure out a way to have him make some plays down the field.