The Arizona Cardinals are getting ready for their game vs New England Patriots. NFL experts have made a few predictions regarding this game. But, there’s one major problem right now. Arizona will play without one of its key players.
Mike Garafolo from NFL Media reported that wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald tested positive for coronavirus. Tom Pelissero confirmed the same information.
As you may be guessing, Fitzgerald won’t suit up for the game against Cam Newton and his teammates.
We don’t know whether any additional Cardinals players will end up on reserve/COVID-19 list. The Cardinals haven’t made any statement about their other players.
Cardinals players have less chance to win the game vs Patriots
NFL teams have had similar struggles in the last couple of months. Every once in a while, a big player tests positive for the virus. The question now becomes whether other Cardinals players were in close contact to end up on the covid list. The team has yet to confirm whether there are other positive players. If the team doesn’t have Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins for the game, they will have zero chance against the Patriots.
Truth is, the Cardinals will proceed even if Hopkins or Murray don’t suit up for the game. Of course, they won’t play if there’s an outbreak inside the locker room. Remember what happened ahead of the Ravens-Steelers game? It was re-scheduled from Thursday to Sunday.
Fitzgerald has 43 catches for 336 yards in 10 games in the regular season. The Cardinals have a talented receiving unit featuring DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, and Anty Isabella. Fitzgerald hasn’t missed a game since 2014. He missed six games since entering the NFL in 2004. Fitzgerald is a talented player and a future Hall of Famer. He ranks second in receptions and receiving yards behind legend Jerry Rice.
COVID-19 has affected every team in the NFL. The Cardinals will arrive at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. New England has a long list of injured players, but the key veterans are back on the field. Head coach Bill Belichick is satisfied with the current group.