Help could be on the way for a struggling Arizona Cardinals offense that has managed just three points over the past seven quarters.
“I’m highly likely,” Fitzgerald said Thursday, via The Arizona Republic, “but it’s not my call, though.”
Fitzgerald insists his sprained MCL isn’t limiting his ability to run this week.
“I’ll put my check up against your check and we can go outside and race right now,” Fitzgerald quipped to a reporter.
With or without Fitzgerald, Arizona has an inviting matchup against an Atlanta defense that entered this week with the NFL’s worst total defense (409.9 yards per game), worst passing defense (284.1) and 30th-ranked third-down defense (47 percent conversion rate allowed).
Here are some other injuries we are following Friday:
1. Steeler’s corner Ike Taylor is on pace to make his return to the lineup for the first time since breaking his arm on Sept. 21. Troy Polamalu (knee) is also expected to return after missing two games. Both defenders are listed as probable. Rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier (ankle) is listed as questionable.
3. A bevy of key Washington Redskins are listed as questionable. Trent Williams and Jordan Reed are both questionable, but participated fully on Friday. Jason Hatcher, Ryan Clark and Chris Baker were all limited.
6. Colts tight end Dwayne Allen (ankle) didn’t practice all week and is officially out for Sunday’s game vs. Washington. Cornerback Darius Butler is questionable, while Cory Redding (knee) returned to practice.
8. Bears linebacker Lance Briggs has been placed on injured reserve with a groin injury. Briggs previously said this “could be” his last year with the team that he’s played with since entering the league in 2003. If so, that would make the Bears‘ win over the Buccaneers his last home game at Soldier Field.
9. Michael Vick missed practice Friday after becoming ill during the walkthrough, Rex Ryan said. Muhammad Wilkerson is not expected to suit up, but his injured toe won’t require surgery. Rooke tight end Jace Amaro didn’t practice after suffering a concussion against the Bills.
11. Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (ankle) and cornerback Aqib Talib (hamstring) returned to practice Friday. Linebacker Brandon Marshall has been cleared from a concussion and will play Sunday, according to The Denver Post.
Broncos coach John Fox said Thomas looked “much better” than he did last Friday, according to ESPN. Thomas received treatment on his ankle every day after practice and his chances of playing will come down to how his ankle feels when he cuts.
12. Jadeveon Clowney will miss his eighth game of the season as he continues to struggle with a knee injury. Bill O’Brien was noncomittal when asked if the team has considered shutting the No. 1 overall pick down for the year.
O’Brien also reiterated that he expects Arian Foster to return Sunday.
15. Bucs linebacker Lavonte David (hamstring) was limited in practice Friday after he did not participating earlier in the week. Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (hamstring) was held out of practice for the third-straight day. Da’Quan Bowers (knee) was a full participant after being limited earlier in the week.