Larry Fitzgerald Injury: Updates on Cardinals Star's Knee and Return

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald smiles as he talks with teammates on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Oakland Raiders Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz.  The Raiders defeated the Cardinals 31-10. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has been dealing with an MCL sprain since Aug. 17. However, he's ready to return for the season opener. 

Continue for updates.

Fitzgerald Active vs. Patriots

Saturday, Sept. 10

The Cardinals announced Fitzgerald is playing Sunday against New England. 

Latest on Fitzgerald's Practice Status

Sunday, Aug. 21

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told reporters Fitzgerald is expected back at practice this week. 

Fitzgerald has had a mild MCL sprain, and Arians told reporters on Saturday the issue is "just minor," per ESPN's Josh Weinfuss

Veteran Fitzgerald Among NFL's Most Consistent Receivers 

In his 13th NFL season, Fitzgerald, 32, is coming off a bounce-back 2015 campaign. He made a career-high 109 receptions for 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns, breaking a streak of three straight seasons under the 1,000-yard barrier. He was named to the Pro Bowl after missing out for the first time in seven years in 2014.

"I feel good, as of today," Fitzgerald told ESPN.com's Josina Anderson in July. "I can see myself playing for a while. That can all change in the NFL, as you know, but I feel good mentally, physically and spiritually."

Fitzgerald has played in all 16 games nine times, including seven of the last eight seasons. He's been a mainstay on a Cardinals offense that has seen massive turnover but now feels like it's coming into its own.

But it's Fitzgerald's work underneath that quarterback Carson Palmer could miss most.


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