WR - FA
Week 7 Outlook
Larry Fitzgerald is still deciding whether he's going to retire or continue playing in 2021.
Fitzgerald has had talks with Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury recently, but he has yet to make his decision. The 37-year-old is a free agent for the first time this offseason. Arizona signed A.J. Green to a one-year contract, who could wind up replacing the Cardinals legend should he move on from football this summer.
Every year, speculation about Larry Fitzgerald runs rampant. After several offseasons full of one-year deals, it appears an end may be in sight. According to The Athletic, multiple NFL executives expect the longtime Cardinals receiver to retire from football this offseason.
As the original report notes, "while Fitzgerald remains unsigned and has not announced his intentions for 2021, execs anticipate he’ll retire rather than rejoin a receiving corps now headlined by DeAndre Hopkins." The 37-year-old is an 11-time Pro Bowler, one-time First-Team All-Pro, and member of the HOF All-2010s Team. If this is indeed the end for the 17-year veteran, he'll finish his career with 1,432 catches for 17,492 yards and 121 touchdowns over 263 games.
Larry Fitzgerald (groin) will not be able to play in Week 17's matchup against the Rams as he continues to heal from a groin injury.
Fitzgerald was considered a gametime decision and unfortunately won’t be able to play through his injury for Week 17. The Cardinals need a win in this game and Bears loss to get into the playoffs, so the odds that we see Fitzgerald play again in this season come down to that. The veteran wide receiver had a solid 2020 campaign with 54 receptions for 409 yards and will hope to return at age 38 for another season.
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Cardinals are "not optimistic" about the playing status of WR Larry Fitzgerald (groin) for Week 17.
Per Schefter, the team is not planning on having Fitzgerald for the must-win season finale. However, with Andy Isabella (COVID) and Christian Kirk sidelined (COVID), the future Hall of Fame wideout "could try to surprise" the club, but the team is "not counting" on it. Trent Sherfield could be in line for additional snaps if Fitzgerald is deemed inactive.
Larry Fitzgerald caught 6-of-8 targets for just 28 yards in a 20-12 loss to the 49ers in Week 16.
Fitzgerald finished the game with a 4.7 yards per catch average. As is common this season, Fitzgerald is utilized by Kyler Murray as a safety blanket when he needs a few yards. Fitzgerald mostly ran quick outs and curls in an effort to be available for Murray when getting pressured. He's not a viable fantasy option in Week 17 against the Rams.