Thirteenth-year Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald stated earlier this week that he’s “uncertain” about whether he’ll return in 2017. The future Hall of Famer offered a timeline of when he’ll make a decision Thursday, telling Jim Trotter of ESPN.com that he’ll take a month or two after the season to determine if he’ll keep playing (Twitter links). This season has taken a “tremendous” physical toll on the 33-year-old Fitzgerald, he revealed, adding that the 5-8-1 Cardinals’ failure to meet their lofty preseason expectations hasn’t helped.
More wideout-related notes:
- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick implied Wednesday that the club knew the full details of then-Cardinal Michael Floyd‘s Dec. 12 DUI arrest when it claimed him off waivers Dec. 15, but he indicated otherwise Thursday, per Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today. The Cardinals released Floyd as a result of his arrest, which came after he registered a blood alcohol level of .21 (more than twice the legal limit of .08), and owner Michael Bidwill said the 27-year-old showed “no remorse” and “was unapologetic.” Floyd responded to that Thursday, saying, “I love that organization. Mr. Bidwell treated me very well. I really don’t have too big of a comment [on him] saying that.” Continued Floyd, who could face a mandatory 45-day jail sentence, “I think right now it is about learning about that mistake. I couldn’t be in a better position right now with this team. The guys that they have around here are keeping me focused and working hard” (via Ryan Hannable of WEEI).
- After missing the past two games with a toe injury, Falcons superstar Julio Jones will play Saturday in Carolina, head coach Dan Quinn announced Thursday (Twitter link). Despite Jones’ multiple-week absence, he still leads the NFL in receiving yards (1,253). He and the 9-5 Falcons can clinch the NFC South this week with a win and a Buccaneers loss in New Orleans.
- In case you missed it, the Bengals’ A.J. Green will return from a month-plus absence Saturday. And Brandon Marshall, whom the Jets could release this offseason, finds the idea of playing for New England “intriguing.”
Zach Links contributed to this post.