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Fitzgerald Says All Is Good

Notebook: Receiver explains Twitter talk and the fine line with wanting the ball


 Larry Fitzgerald dives for his touchdown in Jacksonville Sunday.
There were two parallel yet intertwined storylines waiting for Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald Wednesday – the now-infamous Twitter remarks by his brother and Fitzgerald's desire to get the ball more often than he has been.

Fitzgerald's responses? To the former, well, he still loves his brother Marcus, even if Fitzgerald doesn't love that he was put in the middle of a story he really had nothing to do with. To the latter, Fitzgerald wants the ball – but he insists he understands why he won't get it all the time.

"It's important for you to understand as a player this is a team game and what's best for the team," Fitzgerald said. "If I am open, I know Kurt is going to find me. If I'm not, I know Kurt is going to find somebody else and move the chains."

Marcus Fitzgerald tweeted Sunday, among other things, that his older brother had texted him angry he wasn't getting more catches. Marcus Fitzgerald also had made comments about quarterback Kurt Warner being old and throwing to running backs too often (Marcus later apologized on his Twitter page).

The Warner issue was never much of anything. Warner joked that he gave Fitzgerald some good-natured grief about the whole thing and Fitzgerald reiterated what's well known in the locker room – that Warner is Fitzgerald's closest friend on the team.

Fitzgerald did say he was "disappointed" in his brother and that he himself wasn't adverse to social media going forward because "I didn't do anything wrong."

"I don't think my brother did it intentionally," Fitzgerald said. "He's young and everyone makes mistakes. Unfortunately I have to take it on the chin, but I still love him. The good thing, I told Kurt today, Marcus is going to be one of his volunteers for his camp this year, taking out the garbage or whatever else Kurt needs."

As for getting passes, Fitzgerald said a couple of times he wasn't worried about getting his catches, not this early in the season. Sitting there on his stool in front of his locker, he also said he doesn't want to cross the "fine line" of letting a lack of receptions get to him.

"You never want the competitive juices to get the better of you and it starts to deter from what the team is all about, which is winning," Fitzgerald said.

Plays in the Cardinals' offense rarely can be called for a specific player, coach Ken Whisenhunt said. It's based on Warner's decision-making and what the defense might give up. Fitzgerald is also seeing defenses work harder to keep him from getting the ball with various techniques.

But "Kurt's always going to find me," Fitzgerald said with a smile. "He'll always show me a little love out there. I'll take what I can get."


The Cardinals had their longest injury report of the season Wednesday, but Whisenhunt didn't sound overly concerned.

"We're not by any stretch of the imagination perfect, because we have a number of guys with nagging things," Whisenhunt said. "But they are fighting though it and I am optimistic most if not all of them for the game."

The Cards had 13 players on the injury list, including four who did not practice: LB Chike Okeafor (shoulder), WR Steve Breaston (knee), DE Kenny Iwebema (ankle) and LB Ali Highsmith (hamstring). Two players were limited: T Levi Brown (ankle) and S Matt Ware (shoulder).

QB Kurt Warner (shoulder) was added to the list this week, although he practiced full and isn't expected to have any issues playing. The same goes for S Antrel Rolle (quadricep), who also practiced full.

WRs Anquan Boldin (hamstring) and Early Doucet (ribs) also practice full, along with QB Brian St. Pierre (back), G Reggie Wells (thumb) and WR Sean Morey (ribs).


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