Arians: Fitzgerald expected to play against Seahawks

AP

The availability of Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald for this week’s key divisional matchup with the Seattle Seahawks has been a bit of a question mark since Fitzgerald suffered a concussion in the late stages of the Cardinals victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Fitzgerald was knocked out of the game after taking a blow attempting to recover an onside kick late in regulation.

However, all signs look positive for Fitzgerald to be able to play this week. Fitzgerald said he’d already passed initial stages of the concussion protocol on Monday. Head coach Bruce Arians is also optimistic on Fitzgerald’s status.

During an interview with Alex Marvez and Keith Bulluck on Sirius XM NFL Radio, Arians said that he expects Fitzgerald to be able to play in Seattle on Sunday.

“He’ll be fine I think by the game time,” Arians said.

Fitzgerald won’t practice on Wednesday and still has to make it through the remainder of the concussion protocol to be cleared to play.

It’s a critical game for the Cardinals’ playoff hopes. Arizona likely needs to win both their remaining games against the Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers to find a way into the postseason. Having Fitzgerald available will be a major boost to the Cardinals chances of an upset win in Seattle.