Larry Fitzgerald injury: WR passes first tests, Rashad Johnson hurt ankle, other injury updates

Wesley Hitt

The Cards could be down another safety this weekend.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians addressed the media on Monday, as he always does after a game, and updated them about the injury situation following the team's 37-34 overtime win.

The biggest news was about receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who suffered a concussion late in the game. Arians was quoted as saying that his star wideout still has "a long way to go from being cleared."

There was confusion to start the day, as Fitzgerald's father tweeted that Fitz was "going to be okay" and had "passed concussion tests."

What that was referring to is that the receiver passed the first tests in Nashville, which allowed him to travel home on the plane with his teammates, rather than keeping him there temporarily.

He now has to go through the league's concussion protocol. However, things look better. Fitz himself said to Jim Gray on Westwood One, "I feel better than I did yesterday."

As part of protocol, he saw an independent neurologist and "those tests came back positive," said Fitz.

That doesn't mean he is in the clear. As noted in his blog on AZ Central, Kent Somers explained the process he will have to follow to get back on the field.

Fitz' injury was not the only issue.

Running back Andre Ellington, who suffered a though bruise and quarterback Carson Palmer, who sprained his ankle, "should be okay."

The biggest blow that will likely result in a missed game in Seattle is the high ankle sprain the safety Rashad Johnson suffered. Now down two safeties with Johnson and Tyrann Mathieu both injured, undrafted rookie Tony Jefferson would get the start in Seattle.

Johnson played five snaps in Tennesse after Johnson got hurt and had to quarterback pressures, including one that forced a Ryan Fitzpatrick interception in overtime.

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