Larry Fitzgerald and Rashard Mendenhall expected to play

Sep 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) runs with the ball during the first half against the Detroit Lions at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals got some good news ahead of Sunday’s match up against the New Orleans Saints. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and running back Rashard Mendenhall are expected to play today, per ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Fitzgerald was optimistic all week ahead of the game and never seemed to question whether he’d play this weekend. When told there was a “school of thought” that he should sit to rest his hamstring he responded with “never been to that school before.”

Fitzgerald missed practices on Wednesday and Thursday but returned to practice on Friday and appears to be healthy and good to go. Mendenhall also missed practices on Wednesday and Thursday as he recovers from a toe injury. Like Fitzgerald though, Mendenhall returned to practice on Friday.

Both players line up against a banged up New Orleans Saints defense. As of right now the Saints have the 8th ranked defense against the pass allowing and average of 196 yards per game. They aren’t as stout against the run with the 27th ranked defense allowing 124 yards per game.

Topics: Arizona Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald, Rashard Mendenhall

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