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Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald says "it's not possible" for him to put up big numbers in his role in HC Bruce Arians' offense. "I just don’t have the opportunities down the field. I’m more inside, I move the chains a lot more. So in terms of putting up the big numbers, it will be difficult."  Fitz has averaged 11.6 and 12.4 yards per catch, respectively, in his 2 seasons under Arians.  Those are his 3rd and 4th lowest marks of his 11-year career.  We're sure Arians' system has played a part in that, but the 31-year-old Fitzgerald has also lost a step or 2.  Consider him no more than a low-upside WR3 in 2015 fantasy drafts.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Cardinals and WR Larry Fitzgerald are close to a new deal that would allow Fitz to finish his career in Arizona.  The 2 sides have been working on a contract restructure for a while.  Fitz turns 32 in August and has shown clear signs of decline the past few years.  He hasn't reached 1,000 yards since 2011 and scored a career-low 2 TDs this past season.  His 63 catches and 784 yards were his worst marks since his 2004 rookie campaign.  He still has value as a possession receiver, though, with some of the best hands in the game.  A healthy QB Carson Palmer would make Fitzgerald a low-upside WR3 in 2015 fantasy football drafts.  His return will make it tougher for WRs Michael Floyd and John Brown to break out.

Update: ProFootballTalk.com reports that this deal is done.  Fitzgerald's restructured contract saves Arizona nearly $13 million against the 2015 salary cap.  In return, Fitz will receive $11 million guaranteed in both of the next 2 years.  He'll be 34 when those guarantees run out.

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7 months ago

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is active for today’s game against the Chiefs. He probably won’t be at anywhere close to 100%, though. And with QB Drew Stanton struggling, Fitz is a risky WR3.

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The Cardinals "believe" WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) will play against the Chiefs today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  A final decision won't be made until Fitz tests out the knee in pregame warmups, though.  That means we won't know his official status until around 3 pm ET.  Assuming Fitzgerald plays, it's tough to believe he'll be at 100%.  And with QB Drew Stanton struggling lately, Fitz is a shaky WR3 for Week 14.

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Cardinals HC Bruce Arians deemed WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt with the Chiefs.  Arians added that Fitz is "still not 100%."  Signs point to him suiting up on Sunday, but we probably won't know for sure until inactives are announced around 3 pm ET.  And there's a good possibility that Fitzgerald plays limited snaps and/or serves as a decoy if he's active.  He's not a recommended Week 14 fantasy starter.

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Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) returned to practice on Wednesday.  He'll be 3 weeks removed from a 2-4 week injury when Sunday's game against the Chiefs kicks off.  Assuming Fitzgerald plays in that one, he'll be a risk/reward WR3 vs. a tough KC pass defense.

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Cardinals HC Bruce Arians thinks WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) might be able to practice on Wednesday.  He's yet to get back on the practice field since going down 15 days ago.  Consider Fitzgerald 50-50 to return for this weekend's game against the Chiefs.  Ideally, owners can wait another week beyond that before getting him back in fantasy lineups.

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8 months ago

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is inactive for today’s game against the Falcons. That leaves John Brown and Michael Floyd as the top 2 WRs in a plus matchup. Brown is an upside WR3; Floyd is tough to trust after last week’s goose egg.

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Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s showdown with Atlanta.  Fitz only put in a limited practice on Friday.  He looks 50/50 to play against the Falcons.  The 31-year-old will be a risky WR3 if he suits up, even against Atlanta’s leaky pass defense.  There's a chance Fitzgerald would be limited and/or serve as more than a decoy.

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Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) calls himself "highly likely" to play against the Falcons on Sunday.  "It's not my call, though," he added.  Fitz didn't practice on Wednesday or Thursday and is still waiting for medical clearance from the docs.  He'll be 2 weeks removed from a 2-4 week injury when Arizona-Atlanta kicks off on Sunday.  We'll see if he's able to practice on Friday, but Fitzgerald will be a risky fantasy play if he's active this weekend.

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Cardinals HC Bruce Arians says WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is making "some progress."  He was unable to practice on Wednesday, though, and remains iffy for this weekend's game against the Falcons.  Even if Fitz suits up for that one, he'll be tough to trust in fantasy lineups.

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Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Monday that the team is still "waiting to see" if WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) will be ready for this weekend's game against the Falcons.  Fitz didn't seem particularly close to playing yesterday, and Arians admitted that he wouldn't be able to go if there was a practice on Monday.  Fitzgerald's Grade 2 MCL sprain is a 2-4 week injury, so consider him worse than 50-50 to play against Atlanta.

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8 months ago

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is inactive for today’s game the Seahawks. That leaves John Brown and Michael Floyd as Arizona’s clear top 2 WRs. We prefer Brown against a Seattle secondary that struggles against smaller, speedy WRs, but both he and Floyd are just WR3s.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that "it would take a miracle" for Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald to play against the Seahawks today.  Fitz is dealing with a Grade 2 MCL sprain, which is a partial tear of the ligament.  Even if he's active later this afternoon, he won't be anywhere close to 100%.  Fitzgerald needs to be on fantasy benches.  Look for John Brown and Michael Floyd to serve as Arizona's top 2 WRs against a tough Seahawks secondary.

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Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is a game-time decision for Sunday’s showdown with the Seahawks. He didn’t practice all week. Fitz might try to gut it out for a big game, but he won’t be anywhere near 100%. There’s a good chance his snaps are limited and/or he serves as a decoy. Fitzgerald isn’t a recommended fantasy starter this week.

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Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) sat out practice again on Thursday.  We were never expecting him to practice much this week, so this doesn't necessarily make him less likely to play this weekend.  He's obviously not a lock to suit up, though.  And he'll be a shaky fantasy play if he does.  Check back tomorrow for another update.

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Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) did not practice on Wednesday.  "We'll see how he progresses," HC Bruce Arians said.  Fitz plans on playing against the Seahawks this weekend, but we wouldn't consider it a lock.  If he does suit up, he'll be a shaky fantasy play at less than 100% in a tough matchup.

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