Arizona Cardinals All Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was forced to leave Sunday’s matchup against the Detroit Lions in the third quarter due to a hamstring issue.
“I just didn’t have it late in the game,” Fitzgerald said. “I tried to go out there and fight it out early but I just didn’t run the routes the way I’m capable of running them and that’s not where I wanted to be.”
Fitzgerald looked gassed coming out for the second half, as whatever adrenaline was pumping to keep the pain away was gone. “I would’ve been fine if I was 80 percent,” Fitzgerald said.
The 30-year-old Fitzgerald probably stayed in the game a bit too long, as he said that he did not want to abandon his team in the middle of a close matchup.
“I’m not going to lay down,” Fitzgerald said. “That’s never how I was raised. I knew I could help in the run game. I knew I could run some guys off and thought I’d attract some coverage and help some other guys get free and that’s what I tried to do the best I could.”
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said that Fitzgerald is one of the toughest guys on the field at all times.
“Larry gutted it out,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “I am very proud of him. We’ll see how the hamstring is next week. But I don’t think it’s too bad.”
Fantasy owners should consider Fitzgerald a top-tier receiver in all leagues, but keep an eye on his recovery. His status is still in the air for next week’s game.