Larry Fitzgerald Has Sprained MCL. Preseason Likely Done

Chad MiddletonContributor IAugust 15, 2010

FLAGSTAFF, AZ - AUGUST 02:  Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals practices in the team training camp at Northern Arizona University Walkup Skydome on August 2, 2010 in Flagstaff, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Update: It is being reported that Larry Fitzgerald has a sprained MCL which is better than a sprained, or worst yet, torn ACL. That should end his preseason, but he should be ready for the regular season opener.

I'm sure you Cardinals fans don't like reading it just as much as I hate writing it but this is the news out of Arizona today. Larry Fitzgerald injured his knee on a pass from Matt Leinart in the first quarter. When the play happened, you could hear a collective gasp in the audience from fans, coaches, teammates and fantasy football leagues.

What does this mean for the Cardinals? Matt Leinart won't have his number one target to mesh with for the remaining three games, but they should be fine as far as chemistry goes. Fortunately, Arizona is deep at receiver but you can never replace a Larry Fitzgerald but for the next few weeks, the best thing is for Larry to heal and be ready for the Rams Week one.

So at least Arizona fans can now sleep a little better knowing that no more harm can come in these final three preseason scrimmages. We should get to see more of the rookie wide receivers fighting to make the team.