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.