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Christian Kirk OK After Post-Work Car Accident

Wide receiver was rear-ended, but will return to practice Friday

Wide receiver Christian Kirk sat out practice Thursday as a precaution after getting in a car accident Wednesday afternoon.
Wide receiver Christian Kirk sat out practice Thursday as a precaution after getting in a car accident Wednesday afternoon.

Rookie wide receiver Christian Kirk sat out practice Thursday, but there was a good reason, albeit non-football-related.

Kirk, leaving the team's Tempe facility around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday following team meetings, went to merge on to the freeway to head home when he was rear-ended.

"I was in a pretty bad car accident," Kirk said. "The (back end of the) car was totaled. They held me out (of practice) today for precautionary reasons, but I'll be back at practice Friday."

Kirk said he was stopped on the ramp to get on the 101, with rush hour traffic backing up and the rain making things a little more difficult.

"She came flying right into me," Kirk said.

Amazingly, Kirk -- who said he didn't see the hit coming -- just had a little soreness Thursday. After checking in with doctors Wednesday night and getting x-rays, he said he will be fine to get back to work Friday.

Even though the back end of his car was wrecked and he was "shocked" at being hit, Kirk kept his bearings, especially when the driver didn't stop.

"The lady tried to hit-and-run me, so I had to track her down," Kirk said, smiling. "I was like, 'I'm not just about to let her get away. Somebody's got to pay for this.' "

He followed the woman long enough to get her license plate number, and then called police. The police then were able to get her to stop.

Kirk wasn't driving a new car, although he acknowledged now, "I have to find a way to get a new car."

The accident could've been much worse. Football-wise, with Larry Fitzgerald already nursing a sore hamstring, the Cardinals need their rookie. He insisted "everything is fine." He just had a story to tell about why he missed practice.

"I was definitely a weird twist to the end of a day," Kirk said.

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