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Cris Carter thinks Larry Fitzgerald's injury could hurt Matt Leinart

Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald suffered a sprained MCL on Saturday night after taking a wicked shot to the knee from Texans safety Eugene Wilson as Fitzgerald fan a crossing pattern.

On Monday’s NFL Live, ESPN’s Cris Carter — who has a close relationship with Fitzgerald — suggested that the hit could hurt the relationship between the man who took the shot and the man who threw the ball.

Said Carter, “In the back of his mind — he didn’t tell me this — but do you begin to question the arm strength of Matt Leinart?  You’re coming from playing with Kurt Warner, who has the best timing maybe [of] anybody we’ve seen [in] the last 20 years.  But when you start getting led into safeties, you begin to question that relationship between my quarterback, ‘Is he gonna get me hurt?'”

Though Carter was careful to point out that Fitzgerald didn’t say that he has concerns about Leinart, Carter said that Fitzgerald did say he’s concerned about taking collisions like the one he took on Saturday night.

So if Fitzgerald doesn’t want to get hit like that and one of his mentors believes that the hit happened because of the quality of the ball thrown by the quarterback, we’ve got a feeling that, while Fitzgerald didn’t say what Carter said, Fitzgerald likely believes it.

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46 Responses to “Cris Carter thinks Larry Fitzgerald's injury could hurt Matt Leinart”
  1. bacon! says: Aug 16, 2010 4:29 PM

    Warner never led any receivers into harm’s way. Just ask Boldin!

  2. Greg Kellogg says: Aug 16, 2010 4:33 PM

    Yeah – did Fitzgerald or Boldin stop trusting Warner after Warner led Boldin into the hit that fractured his jaw? Guess what Cris – you go across the middle and it really doesn’t matter who your QB is – sooner or later you are going to get crunched.

  3. robert ethen says: Aug 16, 2010 4:37 PM

    Well, Larry, I suppose they could play Anderson and you wouldn’t have to worry about getting hit because the pass wouldn’t be within 10 yards of you. You still get paid the same. Or maybe they could wheel out Helter Skelton and he’d never get the ball out of his own hands. No risk there.

  4. CarlHess1 says: Aug 16, 2010 4:37 PM

    Yes because everyone thinks like Cris Carter. Moron.

  5. darkchild says: Aug 16, 2010 4:37 PM

    Riveting news!!!!!!!! of course not having the best WR on the team is going to hurt the QB. Just groundbreaking stuff right there.

  6. DeVoodoo says: Aug 16, 2010 4:38 PM

    Nothing’s going to hurt the Matt Leinert era more than Matt Leinert.

  7. Chrisbelb says: Aug 16, 2010 4:38 PM

    Wow. Totally stirring the Hornet’s next on this one, Cris. “He didn’t say this…but secretly, he might be led to believe that Matt Leinart likes men!”

  8. GurpBadesha says: Aug 16, 2010 4:40 PM

    @ Florio
    “wicked shot to the knee from Texans safety Eugene Wilson as Fitzgerald fan a crossing pattern.”
    fan a crossing pattern huh… paaan diya

  9. onesweetworld says: Aug 16, 2010 4:40 PM

    The one bad thing about football starting back up is having to watch/listen to Cris Carter on ESPN.

  10. sven_ftw says: Aug 16, 2010 4:42 PM

    i wondered that myself as i watched the game. wasn’t the only receiver he hung out to dry…

  11. FinFan68 says: Aug 16, 2010 4:43 PM

    Carter was a HoF worthy receiver, but is no better than the practice squad for analysts.

  12. Citizen Strange says: Aug 16, 2010 4:44 PM

    Does anybody remember how Mark Malone just used to LAY OUT John Stallworth and Louis Lipps?
    Malone ended Stallworth’s career prematurely and took a a good five years off of Lipps’.
    For even the simplest throws Steeler receivers had to reach way behind them and make circus catches for three yard gains.
    Every deep pass was just an up for grabs jump ball and Steeler fans would breathe a sigh of relief if the ball fell harmlessly to the ground instead of being intercepted.

  13. BKjetsfan101 says: Aug 16, 2010 4:44 PM

    Matt Leinart is the biggest dork in all of football

  14. salty says: Aug 16, 2010 4:46 PM

    Isn’t it the other way around… Matt Leinart is going to hurt Fitzgerald … By throwing brady Quinn floaters over the middle all day

  15. edgy says: Aug 16, 2010 4:54 PM

    Baloney. If he’s got a problem with Matt then what about Kurt? Seriously, what a load.

  16. steelers rule says: Aug 16, 2010 5:13 PM

    If Fitz did not say this to you, then why say he did not say this to me? Chris is either lying to drinking beer!

  17. rpiotr01 says: Aug 16, 2010 5:14 PM

    It wasn’t that bad. In fact, the safety appeared to be going right for his waist. Nothing dirty about the hit, he hit him in the thigh.
    As for the throw, the WR is running a route over the middle. Fitz makes his living off that kind of stuff. If you don’t want to run into the teeth of a defense take it up with the coaches. Leinart didn’t throw unreasonably high or behind him, though I guess you could question the wisdom of throwing to a very well covered area of the field in that situation.
    Of course Chris Carter would complain, he’s a girly-man who doesn’t understand that real football players aren’t afraid to go over the middle.

  18. gurnblanston says: Aug 16, 2010 5:23 PM

    What a piece of crap Cris Carter is and always has been. Perhaps if he spent as much time wondering about the inner thoughts of his son as he does about Larry Fitzgerald’s state of mind, things might have turned out better for the younger Carter.
    Onesweetworld has it right. Carter is one of the worst analysts in football. Given the poor quality of analysis overall, that is quite an accomplishment. Only six months left until the Hall of Fame cheapens itself further by adding this piece of crap to its Punk Receiver Wing. Hail!

  19. rbais2 says: Aug 16, 2010 5:28 PM

    Cris Carter is such a hypocrite!!!
    This guy rips on T.O. all the time (and that includes moments with QB’s) and now he’s defending his buddy and old ball boy friend for saying something critical about Leinart!!!
    When Cris Carter said to “pull a bullet on him and bam” on T.O., maybe it should’ve been the other way around.
    Carter is a phony Christian who tries to pass himself off as this holier-than-thou figure. So what, Cris? You stopped doing coke! Okay?? But because you stopped putting illegal substances in your mouth, you’re not a jerk? You’re an actual gentleman?
    Maybe Florio had a point when filling in for Dan Patrick recently. There are people who do not find this guy to be that nice and maybe phonies like him shouldn’t be the poster boys for career and life resurrections.

  20. robert ethen says: Aug 16, 2010 5:35 PM

    “Wo, that ball REALLY got away from Leinart. It’s headed straight for the ESPN broadcast booth….and OHH!…that’s terrible…it looks like someone is down in the booth, clutching his eye….”.

  21. 420fan says: Aug 16, 2010 5:38 PM

    Cris Carter is a Tool!

  22. Shaps says: Aug 16, 2010 5:43 PM

    Chris Carter shouldn’t been an analyis. He may be just as bad as Michael Irvin. As Irivn would say “HOLD ON. That was my brothers pipe.”

  23. Shaps says: Aug 16, 2010 5:43 PM

    Chris Carter shouldn’t been an analyis. He may be just as bad as Michael Irvin. As Irivn would say “HOLD ON. That was my brothers pipe.”

  24. Shaps says: Aug 16, 2010 5:43 PM

    Chris Carter shouldn’t been an analyis. He may be just as bad as Michael Irvin. As Irivn would say “HOLD ON. That was my brothers pipe.”

  25. OJ SIMPSON says: Aug 16, 2010 5:43 PM

    Is Cris Carter in the Hall of Fame???
    NO
    So he can shut his drunken mouth

  26. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Aug 16, 2010 5:48 PM

    Cris Carter bumps his gums just to make noise. When was the last time he had an original thought? If only the rest of the world thought he was as knowledgeable and clever as he thinks he is. Keep trying to be cool, idiot, while Keyshawn continues to do his homework and sound credible.

  27. DarthPirate says: Aug 16, 2010 5:49 PM

    Cris Carter needs to shut his mouth.

  28. roli1967 says: Aug 16, 2010 5:53 PM

    What about hurting Derek Anderson? LOL

  29. jay98 says: Aug 16, 2010 6:01 PM

    The Cardinals need to take a serious look at TROY SMITH. It won’t be hard for the team or him ash they run a very similar offense as the Ravens.

  30. flop 4 strahan says: Aug 16, 2010 6:03 PM

    It is now clearly obvious that Chris Carter is the most intelligent man to ever walk the planet. This type of extreme in-depth analysis and brilliant commentary can only come from true understanding of – not just the game of football – but of an almost -dare I say – God-like comprehension of the essence of like itself. I’m truly awed by his self-evident excellosity
    …and people say being a drunk crack-head dulls your mind. I THINK NOT !!

  31. TheToolofTools says: Aug 16, 2010 6:04 PM

    Carter knows his stuff.
    back off him.
    ya;ll wanna clobber him but he knows the deal.

  32. smithopher says: Aug 16, 2010 6:10 PM

    I agree with Cris Carter here, regardless of what anybody on here says, the bulk of us haven’t played at that level. fitzgerald is a top WR. I think he’s the best one in the league. if he’s getting lit up by safeties cause of where leinart sees fit to hit him across the middle, he’s gonna start taking off on plays where he’s crossing, making sure he’s either gonna be covered or just not even contend for the ball.
    either way, he’s gonna do whatever he can to make sure that in this league of professionals, he’s gonna have what it takes when his contract is up to go and get a newer and even bigger one. catching balls from slouches like matt leinart over the middle that get you lit up and carted off the field with a season ending injury wont get you paid. if leinarts smart he’ll realize the only time he should try and hit this guy is when he’s going downfield and a safety wont be able to just hit him with all he’s got while he’s running forward at you as opposed to backtracking or sidestepping.
    i think anybody who’s gonna doubt that fitz has any trust issues with this guy after taking a couple hits like that over the middle has to be taking a few hits of something else themselves.

  33. tdowdy11 says: Aug 16, 2010 6:15 PM

    Losing Fitzgerald to injury hurts Leinart…. In other breaking news, water is wet!

  34. Buck Stallion says: Aug 16, 2010 6:38 PM

    Chris Carter is a dumbass! Like everyone else said, Warner almost got Bolden killed.
    2 years ago, Carter said that T.O. can no longer get open. It makes me wonder what this guy is even watching. T.O. gets open he may drop it, or criticize his QB, but he gets open.

  35. Heinekenfun says: Aug 16, 2010 6:43 PM

    It’s a bullshit question designed to get the kind of response he was looking for. Just so he could get this exact kind of attention for his interview that would have otherwise been ignored. In court its called ‘leading the witness’ In an interview.., it’s called ‘telling me what I want to hear’.
    I guess Cris Carter wanted to break some new ground in saying that Leinart isn’t the QB that Kurt Warner was.

  36. JDeezy says: Aug 16, 2010 6:46 PM

    Profound.

  37. Wizahdry says: Aug 16, 2010 7:10 PM

    This will help the whole less preseason, more regular season argument. Sucks when your best receiver gets injured in a game that doesn’t count.

  38. GBfanForever says: Aug 16, 2010 7:22 PM

    It’s a bullshit question designed to get the kind of response he was looking for. Just so he could get this exact kind of attention for his interview that would have otherwise been ignored.
    ——————————————————
    Welcome to journalism in the 21st century. It’s called “the fox news approach”.

  39. steelers rule says: Aug 16, 2010 7:29 PM

    jay98 says:
    August 16, 2010 6:01 PM
    The Cardinals need to take a serious look at TROY SMITH. It won’t be hard for the team or him ash they run a very similar offense as the Ravens
    Jay98 is a moron! Troy Smith is a bum! Cards have a QB named John Skelton! Troy Smith is like all other OSU QB’s…NGFL BUST!

  40. prophet of the light says: Aug 16, 2010 7:43 PM

    Matt Leinart could hurt Matt Leinart.

  41. azredbird4 says: Aug 16, 2010 8:05 PM

    CC and Stewey need to go get a room and spoon after those on air ESPN rants

  42. rcunningham says: Aug 16, 2010 8:43 PM

    # OJ SIMPSON says: August 16, 2010 5:43 PM
    Is Cris Carter in the Hall of Fame???
    NO
    So he can shut his drunken mouth
    So many things wrong with this post.

  43. stabkoff says: Aug 16, 2010 8:45 PM

    Chris Carter is a moron and needs to be removed from ESPN.

  44. comment_submission_error says: Aug 16, 2010 9:31 PM

    # steelers rule says: August 16, 2010 5:13 PM
    If Fitz did not say this to you, then why say he did not say this to me? Chris is either lying to drinking beer!
    Can someone bring in the Steelerfan to English interpreter? Wasn’t Bill Clinton the idiot that said everyone should have access to the Internet? He was wrong.

  45. charlsong1 says: Aug 17, 2010 5:10 AM

    i don’t understand all the fuss. here we have another case of florio sitting on his ass watching tv and writing a “news” article where he says he agrees with what he heard on tv. are you serious? he gets paid for this crap? did anyone else hear something on tv and wanna write on it?

  46. runtheball says: Aug 17, 2010 11:40 AM

    I think Chris Carter being an “analyst” is hurting his relationship with Hall of Fame voters. When he makes an idiotic observation in the back of their minds they wonder if he is too stupid to be in the hall of fame.

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