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Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday.  He probably won't do much at all this week.  HC Bruce Arians says Fitz's hamstring isn't worse than it was last week, but it's not better either.  We're fully expecting Fitzgerald to play against the Saints on Sunday, but he'll be a risky fantasy start unless we see progress.

A Cardinals source tells Pro Football Talk that WR Larry Fitzgerald did not aggravate his hamstring injury in Sunday's game against the Lions.  Instead, Fitz missed most of the 2nd half because he "wore down."  We'll see how much he practices this week, but Fitz says he's "definitely" playing Week 3.  After his 2-catch outing this past Sunday, though, we'll need to hear of progress before trusting him in fantasy.

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald's bum hamstring clearly limited him on Sunday.  He seemed a step slow and was mostly a decoy against the Lions.  Fitz finished with 2 catches for 33 yards, spending most of the 2nd half on the sideline.  We'll see how much he's able to do in practice this coming week.  Fitz will be a risky fantasy start unless he puts in at least 1 full workout.

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Lions.  He'll reportedly be playing at about 80%.  If you waited on Fitz, get him into fantasy lineups.

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer hears that Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) will be operating at about 80% against the Lions today.  Fitz at 80% is still a must-start in fantasy.  The risk is with an in-game aggravation.  We'd still feel comfortable getting Fitz into fantasy lineups unless you have a top-20 alternative.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says "every indication" he's gotten is that WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) will play against the Lions today.  A final decision still isn't expected until pregame warmups, though.  Fitz hasn't missed a game since 2007.  It's unclear if he'll be available for a full slate of snaps.  And the chance of an in-game aggravation adds risk.  If Fitz is active, though, we'd get him in fantasy lineups.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter is even more confident in Fitzgerald's status, saying he "will play" today.

The Cardinals have promoted WR Kerry Taylor from the practice squad.  It's another sign that WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) is in danger of missing Sunday's game against the Lions.  He'll be a game-time decision.  Fantasy owners planning on using Fitz need to have a viable late-game alternative lined up.

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Lions.  Fitz tweaked the hamstring in Wednesday’s practice.  Hammies can be tricky, but all indications are that Fitz will be just fine.  He put in limited practices all week and said he was "fine" on Thursday.  Insider Darren Urban said Fitz "looked a little better" on Friday but considers him a game-time decision.  The Cardinals-Lions game doesn't kick off until 4:05 pm ET, but we'd feel confident getting Fitz into fantasy lineups.  Grabbing Andre Roberts as a "handcuff" wouldn't be a bad idea.

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has been listed limited in practice this week with a hamstring issue.  But he didn't seem concerned at all in a post-practice interview on Thursday.  "I'm fine," Fitz said.  "Never like to be on [the injury report] but it's part of the game. Everything's good, though."  Unless we hear otherwise, Fitzgerald remains a must-start for Sunday's game against the Lions.

Cardinals G Jonathan Cooper suffered a broken leg in Saturday night's preseason game.  The team won't rule him out for the season just yet, but it's unlikely we see the 1st-round pick until 2014.  It's a significant loss for a thin unit.  Offensive line play remains the biggest concern for guys like Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald.

The Cardinals have signed OT Eric Winston.  He spent last season in Kansas City, where he graded out 26th among 80 OTs in Pro Football Focus' rankings.  Prior to that, Winston posted 3 straight top-14 seasons with the Texans.  He'll immediately step in as Arizona's starting RT, allowing Bobbie Massie to kick inside to G.  The Winston addition is a nice upgrade for an offensive line that needed it.  We just bumped the Cardinals up our Offensive Line Rankings.

QB Carson Palmer and all of the Cardinals WRs are working out with Larry Fitzgerald at his annual camp at the University of Minnesota.  The camp has consistently produced breakout seasons from WRs who take part.  Having his teammates there -- especially Palmer -- can't hurt Fitz's chances of a bounce-back campaign.  "Look, this is a big year for me, coming off my worst season as a pro," Fitzgerald said. "I know Carson wants to play well this year. This is a huge year, and we're leaning on each other. It's simple as that. I need him as bad as anybody, and I'm going to go out there and give everything I can for him."  As long as Fitz can get comfortable with Palmer and new HC Bruce Arians' offense, he'll be in store for a big 2013 season.  Click here to see our current projections for Fitzgerald and the rest of the Cardinals.

The Cardinals' new coaching staff has WR Larry Fitzgerald uncomfortable in the offense.  That's by design.  “They don’t like for you to come in and think, ‘Oh, it’s just another day at the office,’” Fitzgerald said. “No, that’s not how it is. It’s like being in a cold tub every morning. They push you in there, and it’s like a shock to the body.”  HC Bruce Arians has Fitz learning all 3 WR positions in the offense -- both outside spots and the slot.  Arians took a similar approach in Indy last year with Reggie Wayne, who went for a monster 106-1,355-5 line.  Fitzgerald has the work ethic and football IQ to settle into his new role in plenty of time for Week 1.  We love his chances of bouncing back from a disappointing 2012 season.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians is frustrated with the way his offense looks so far. “We're behind where I'd like to be right now,” he said. “Right now, our defense is way out-playing our offense.” Arians has had plenty of success on the offensive side of the ball lately. He piloted the Colts to a 10th-place offensive finish a year after helping guide Pittsburgh to a 12th-best ranking in 2011. Arizona finished dead last in 2012 with just 263.1 yards per game. That trailed the second-worst team by 34 yards per game. But the arrival of Arians and QB Carson Palmer should help get this unit turned around quickly. Larry Fitzgerald (who dropped an easy pass in practice Tuesday leading to some of his coach's frustration) should find himself back in top-10 WR territory.  WR Michael Floyd and TE Rob Housler are on our early list of 2013 sleepers.

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has been seeing lots of time in the slot during minicamp practices.  That's a significant change for Fitz, who ran just 19% of his routes from the slot last year.  It looks like he'll be moving all over the formation in new HC Bruce Arians' offense.  We saw Arians deploy a similar strategy with WR Reggie Wayne last year.  It was at least part of the reason Wayne enjoyed a big-time bounce-back campaign (Andrew Luck didn't hurt either).  Fitz is looking at a similar recipe this year: pass-happy Arians calling plays and an upgrade at QB in Carson Palmer.  Still just 29 years old, Fitz seems ripe for a big 2013 season.

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald managed just 71 catches, 798 yards and 4 scores last year.  The catches were his fewest since 2006, and the yards and TDs were his lowest marks since his 2004 rookie campaign.  Fitz recently called it "the most disappointing season of my career."  He said he's in "prove-it mode" in 2013.  Fitzgerald obviously doesn't have anything to prove.  But the added motivation can only help.  The pieces are falling into place for a big-time bounce-back season.  He has a pass-happy HC in Bruce Arians who just guided WR Reggie Wayne to a 106-catch season.  And Carson Palmer finally gives Fitz a QB capable of consistently getting him the ball.  We like Fitzgerald to rise back into the top-10 fantasy WRs in 2013.

QB Carson Palmer has been traded to the Cardinals. In return, the Raiders will receive a 2014 7th-round pick if Palmer starts at least 13 games this year. That shouldn’t be a problem as long as he stays healthy. Palmer immediately becomes the best QB to put on a Cardinals uniform since Kurt Warner. While the 33-year-old is clearly past his prime, he still tossed for 4,018 yards with 22 TDs and just 14 INTs last year. He completed passes at a 61.1% clip and averaged 7.1 yards per attempt. Palmer still has plenty of arm strength, which makes him a nice fit for HC Bruce Arians’ vertical attack. We still wouldn’t consider Palmer anything more than a low-end QB2 though. He has just 1 established pass-catcher at his disposal and will be playing behind a porous offensive line. The real winner here is WR Larry Fitzgerald, who finally has a capable QB to get him the rock. Fitz is right back in the WR1 discussion.

Despite recent reports that QB Carson Palmer would be willing to accept a backup role outside of Oakland, Sports Illustrated's Peter King believes Palmer's most likely landing spot remains Arizona.  The move makes plenty of sense.  Longtime backup Drew Stanton currently sits atop the Cardinals' depth chart.  Palmer can still get it done -- he tossed for 4,000 yards last year -- and would be a major upgrade for 'Zona.  You can bet WR Larry Fitzgerald is begging his front-office to make the move.

New Cardinals HC Bruce Arians plans to move Larry Fitzgerald around the formation to create opportunities to get him the ball. The obvious comparison here is to Reggie Wayne's resurgent 2012 under Arians. The problem: That came with a top-notch rookie passer. With crappy QBs in 2011, Wayne caught 75 balls for 960 yards and 4 TDs. That looks a lot like Fitz's 71-798-4 line from last year. The plan to get Fitz the ball at all costs is sound. His ceiling will be lower, however, until the Cards get better play at QB.

The Cardinals have hired Bruce Arians as HC.  All 8 HC openings have now been filled.  Arians started the 2012 season as Indy's OC.  But he was thrust into the HC job with Chuck Pagano battling cancer.  The Colts went 9-3 with Arians at the helm.  Prior to arriving in Indianapolis, Arians spent the previous 5 seasons as Pittsburgh's OC.  He's a passing-game guru but obviously has his work cut out for him in Arizona.  We'll see what the team does with the QB situation this offseason.  Arians' arrival should be considered good news for WR Larry Fitzgerald.

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