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Fitzgerald had lung injury, Skelton fainted before leading Cardinals

Larry Fitzgerald,  John Skelton AP

The Cardinals’ quarterback-receiver connection of John Skelton and Larry Fitzgerald led Arizona to a season-ending 23-20 win over Seattle on Sunday, and both players were ailing.

Larry Fitzgerald Sr. wrote on Twitter after the game that his son had a lung injury.

“Cardinals Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald suffered a Lung injury was spitting up blood on sidelines. Will have MRI MONDAY,” Fitzgerald Sr. wrote.

It’s not clear when this lung injury took place, but Fitzgerald Jr. didn’t appear to be affected. He had nine catches for 149 yards, which gave him 1,411 for the season. Fitzgerald joined Jerry Rice, Randy Moss and Marvin Harrison as the only receivers with four 1,400-yard seasons.

Fitzgerald didn’t mention anything about a lung injury after the game, but he did single out Skelton for praise and say that Skelton had fainted after getting fluid drained from his knee prior to the game.

“Pregame he scared us all. He fell out and he had a little fainting issue in the locker room,” Fitzgerald said. “We were all nervous about him being able to play today and he fought through that and was able to go out there and perform and get our team a win. That shows the kind of toughness he has.”

The Cardinals showed what kind of toughness they have with their fourth overtime win. After a terrible start to the season, Fitzgerald and Skelton deserve a lot of credit for rallying the Cardinals to finish 8-8.

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30 Responses to “Fitzgerald had lung injury, Skelton fainted before leading Cardinals”
  1. fin72 says: Jan 2, 2012 6:42 AM

    If this team goes back to Kevin Kolb next year they’re out of their minds. Kolb obviously stinks, and if you read between the lines every player on that team supports Skelton over Kolb.

  2. nogoodell says: Jan 2, 2012 7:00 AM

    Skelton fainted? Grow a back “bone”

    har har

  3. mcshane22 says: Jan 2, 2012 7:14 AM

    Hope Fitzgerald is ok since he is one of the very best if not the best wide out in the game!!

  4. cornersportsnet says: Jan 2, 2012 7:19 AM

    Whose your starter ariz skelton or kolb

  5. tatum064 says: Jan 2, 2012 7:30 AM

    Skelton can wing it, probably a QB controversy in 2012 if Kolb gags during the season…

  6. cowboysfan18 says: Jan 2, 2012 7:39 AM

    Kevin Kolb will be the highest paid back up in league history if they can’t get rid of him.

  7. seatownballers says: Jan 2, 2012 8:02 AM

    This team will be really good once they get some offensive line help

  8. reddskeletor says: Jan 2, 2012 8:07 AM

    Andy Reid sold them a bill of goods.

  9. cardsfann1 says: Jan 2, 2012 8:29 AM

    I said it before the trade and I’ll say it again. Kolb is better than Skelton, however so is Orton. Orton was a lot cheaper. Could’ve kept DRC and the 2nd rounder. Orton would have coated them a 3rd round pick and a bag of balls. Skelton could’ve developed just like he did this season. The defense is good now. Would be really good with a real corner opposite Peterson.

  10. binarybulge says: Jan 2, 2012 8:40 AM

    Fitz probably had the quietest monster season ever. I’m not saying that just because it’s the Cardinals. It just feels like he wasn’t doing much most of the year (no doubt because of the QB handicap). He started willing his team toward the end of the season. Have to give the guy plenty of credit for the Cardinal turnaround.

  11. binarybulge says: Jan 2, 2012 8:43 AM

    @cornersportsnet That’s a darn good question. I say neither. Drop Kolb. Bring someone else in to compete with Skelton in the preseason, or even draft a QB (there will be someone available in the draft even that late… I don’t care about common perception; there are QBs other than RGIII and Luck that have potential).

  12. everyoneholdsorakpo says: Jan 2, 2012 8:49 AM

    Skins fan here, After watching that guy yesterday play football, he has to be one of the best ever. He has heart, amazing ability, and class. Cardinal fans should be thankful for Fitz. Every NFL fan would love to have this guy on their team. Desean, Santonio, the Coach Ryan clowns, take note of what real class looks like.

  13. tikibarbersthesaurus says: Jan 2, 2012 8:59 AM

    More annoying: Larry Fitzgerald Sr. or Momma McNabb?

  14. FinFan68 says: Jan 2, 2012 9:04 AM

    I think Kolb proved that all the fans saying he was not worth the money were indeed right. Skelton played better, has better leadership skills, has the support of the rest of the players and he wins games. Dump Kolb (please don’t ship him to Miami) and find a backup in the draft.

  15. dondada10 says: Jan 2, 2012 9:05 AM

    For every Matt Schaub there’s a Kevin Kobb. Which will Matt Flynn be?

  16. birdsfan4ever says: Jan 2, 2012 9:11 AM

    They will def. have a QB controversy, but I just wanted to point out that it was Fitz who lobbied for Arizona to get Kolb. Kolb also suffered from turf toe through the season.

  17. fcs34 says: Jan 2, 2012 9:28 AM

    PutFfitz in New England or New Orleans and he breaks every recieving record there is.

  18. AlanSaysYo says: Jan 2, 2012 9:49 AM

    For a “giant of Twin Cities sports media,” Fitzgerald Sr. has horrible grammar.

  19. fittytuckin says: Jan 2, 2012 10:03 AM

    “My son Cardinals Pro Bowler All Pro Future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald suffered a Lung injury was spitting up blood on sidelines. Will have MRI MONDAY,” Fitzgerald Sr. wrote

  20. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 2, 2012 10:10 AM

    The anti-Santonio Holmes. His leadership by example is off the charts.

  21. realitypolice says: Jan 2, 2012 10:12 AM

    dondada10 says:
    Jan 2, 2012 9:05 AM
    For every Matt Schaub there’s a Kevin Kobb. Which will Matt Flynn be?
    ====================

    No comparison. Kolb’s reputation was 95% based upon Andy Reid’s talking him up to the press. Kolb’s average QB rating in Philly was 62.2 and he had more int’s than td’s.

    Flynn’s reputation is 100% based upon his performance on the field. The only time McCarthy talks him up is after another big game by the kid.

    Not saying Flynn will be the QB he was yesterday for his whole career, but I if I was a GM I would consider a much better bet than Kolb.

  22. camjon32 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:24 AM

    Larry Fitzgerald has the best hands in the game….BAR NONE!

    Sincerely,

    Non delusional Lions fan.

  23. java49 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:30 AM

    Overly involved fathers, pre-madonna quaterbacks who dont want to play, injured lungs even! Thats a real cute story..sounds like a movie of the week on the Lifetime network

  24. bleedgreen says: Jan 2, 2012 10:40 AM

    You guys are writing off Kolb after he had no offseason and was injured all year? Skelton knew the system. I say you can’t call Kolb a bust until he has an offseason to train with his team. This is a guy that destroyed the Falcons last year, and did enough to beat the Titans until Ellis Hobbs let Kenny Britt go all Randy Moss on the Eagles.

  25. marcus158 says: Jan 2, 2012 11:10 AM

    FinFan68 says:
    Jan 2, 2012 9:04 AM
    I think Kolb proved that all the fans saying he was not worth the money were indeed right. Skelton played better, has better leadership skills, has the support of the rest of the players and he wins games. Dump Kolb (please don’t ship him to Miami) and find a backup in the draft.

    _______

    Maybe check your facts before spouting crap about one QB being better than another?

    John Skelton – 11 TDs, 14 INTs, 54.9 Comp%, 68.9 QBR
    Kevin Kolb – 9 TDs, 8 INTs, 57.7 Comp%, 81.1% QBR

    Even with a limited off-season and in a system completely new to him, Kolb is clearly the better QB. Plus, he was playing against better teams (Giants, Steelers, Ravens, Cowboys)

    Skelton has been in the system for 2 years yet only ONE of his CAREER wins have come against a team who’s above .500.

    Skelton is so good that the constantly over-throws wide open receivers, can’t generate a first down, and throws too many picks. If the Cardinals had a WR with less than Fitzgeralds talents, he’d have had more than 14 INTs.

    Skelton is a good back-up nothing more.

  26. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 2, 2012 11:11 AM

    I wonder how Fitz feels now since he was the one who basically made the Cards bring in Kolb in the first place.

  27. pavelfitzgerald says: Jan 2, 2012 11:23 AM

    At the end of the day the Kolb trade/signing was necessary as Fitzgerald hand picked him & wouldn’t sign an extension without a “quarterback”. In hindsight, I’m sure he wished he hadn’t as we’d still have a 2nd & DRC but as a Cardinals fan I’m not complaining because we have Larry & those best hands in the NFL for another few years

  28. dg0122 says: Jan 2, 2012 11:58 AM

    does he really refer to his son as ‘pro bowler’? wow…Sr, we all know your son is good, you dont have to do that. its not pee wee daddyball anymore

  29. FinFan68 says: Jan 2, 2012 12:38 PM

    @marcus158,
    I stated no facts in that comment so there were none to “check”. Do you understand what opinions are? Kolb did not show he was worth the money. He may work out eventually but not this year. I could throw out a bunch of “facts” that show Kolb is a mediocre QB right now but I won’t. Your last statement could easily apply to Kolb as well. Time will tell.

  30. canseethatfrommycouch says: Jan 2, 2012 12:47 PM

    Wow! Are we really comparing two injured quarterbacks, one who didn’t have an off-season to “warm up” to his new team vs. a previous back up who pulled this two pony show through ANOTHER harrowing season?
    We might witness BOTH QBs rise to greatness if the offensive line can straighten out left from right. Don’t blame them, we might need to look further up the bleachers in search for that answer!
    (However, Grabbing fortune out of thin air is a good commodity.)

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