It was possibly his biggest catch of the season last year, given the circumstances.
But Larry Fitzgerald clearly had mixed emotions from his play the last time he and the Cardinals played the Dallas Cowboys, on Christmas at University of Phoenix Stadium. Fitzgerald rose up to cradle a 26-yard catch to convert a fourth-and-15 play deep in Arizona territory with a little more than a minute remaining in the game, sparking the drive that led to a game-winning field goal.
That reception was Fitzgerald’s only one of the game, and for a while it looked like Fitzgerald would be shut out.
“That was a forgettable day for me, but it was a good day for our team,” Fitzgerald said. “We won. To come down to fourth and 19, that’s not where you want to be.”
To have your Pro Bowl wideout get just one catch isn’t where the Cards want to be either. Having Fitzgerald neutralized the past two weeks has been eerily similar to the Cowboys game.
The struggles of quarterback
After surpassing 1,000 yards receiving for the season last year in the Dallas game (despite the one catch), Fitzgerald could do it against Dallas again Sunday. He needs 112 yards to reach that total. He’ll also have a new quarterback, as
“I am happy for him,” Fitzgerald said. “He is healthy and he can come back and play football like he is capable of playing.”
KOLB STILL PRACTICING FULL; PORTER RETURNS
Quarterback Kevin Kolb was a little sore Thursday following Wednesday’s practice, but he one against worked full and remains on track to play Sunday.
For the Cowboys, wide receiver Miles Austin (hamstring) was once again unable to practice and reports are he is unlikely to play Sunday.
Coming off a franchise-record 228 yards rushing, running back
“Of course I want to, big-time,” Wells said. “But I don’t feel any pressure.
“We want to see if we can do it again. We don’t want to go out and say it was a fluke.”
Wells admitted he was scared in St. Louis after getting his knee twisted and bent in the fourth quarter. “I felt a huge grab in there and I didn’t know what was going on,” he said.
He also said he was grateful for Whisenhunt calling the final run play that allowed Wells to break his tie of 214 yards with former record holder LeShon Johnson, when the Cards could have just kneeled on the ball.
“I thank him a lot for that,” Wells said. “Any other coach in the league might have said, ‘To hell with it.’ ”
CARDS-COWBOYS A SELLOUT
The game Sunday is officially a sellout at University of Phoenix Stadium, marking the 60th straight time – every game the Cardinals have played there, preseason, regular season and postseason – that has been a sellout. It will be televised locally on Ch. 10.