Larry Fitzgerald is back at Arizona Cardinals practice after a bout with COVID-19.
The 37-year-old wide receiver opened up on Thursday about a difficult couple of weeks that included weight loss and dark thoughts.
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Fitzgerald tested positive on Thanksgiving and started feeling symptoms two days later. He quarantined for 13 days, and it took a physical and mental toll.
“I got my estate planning all done up again, I revised my will,” Fitzgerald said, per azcardinals.com. “I did a lot of stuff. When you're sitting at home and you're watching how many people are dying every day, you really kind of reevaluate things. It makes you appreciate the health that you have.”
Taste, smell, appetite all suffered
Fitzgerald said he lost his sense of taste and smell as well as his appetite. He lost 9 pounds during the ordeal.
“Your mind kind of wanders,” Fitzgerald continued. “You're sitting at home, and you're watching TV, and you see the cases, and you see the deaths across the nation, and all these things are running through your mind. You worry. Fortunately, I was able to get through it.
“I feel much better. I still can't taste or smell anything but that's much better than what a lot of people are dealing with.”© Provided by Yahoo! Sports Larry Fitzgerald opened up about a difficult couple of weeks that included weight loss and dark thoughts. (Joe Maiorana/Reuters)
Fitzgerald might play on Sunday
Despite the illness, Fitzgerald told reporters he feels “the best I ever felt” during a season. The 11-time Pro Bowler missed games against the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams, but could play against the New York Giants on Sunday.
He did light workouts during his illness that included running and using his exercise bike. He practiced on Wednesday with the hope of getting back into game condition in time for Sunday.
'I hope I'll be able to play,' Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald is in his 17th season with the Cardinals and has been one of the game’s most durable players in addition to being one of its best. He has never missed more than three games in a single season.
His health — not football — was his focus during his illness.
'It was more the immediate future like staying alive and things of that nature,” Fitzgerald said. “Football and how long I'll play football didn't really cross my mind.'
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One of the yearly big questions for the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason is the future of receiver Larry Fitzgerald. This offseason is no different.
His contract expires and he is finishing his 17th NFL season.
While defensive line coach Brentson Buckner’s tweet fueled speculation that Fitzgerald has played his final game, head coach Kliff Kingsbury had a familiar message.
“I talked to him today. It will be a while before anybody knows,” he told reporters on Monday.
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That is the line fans have been given the last few years. Fitzgerald takes a few weeks, although he did make his decision fairly quickly this past offseason. Wow damage numbers.
It might be different this time around. “He’s got a lot to think about,” Kingsbury added.
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He missed three games for the first time since 2006. He didn’t move as well later in the year. He contracted COVID-19. He had the lowest production of his career. The Cardinals might not be able to afford the more than $11 million he has cost them the last few years.
That said, Kingsbury made his wishes known.
“We all want him back,” he said. ‘He knows that we all know he can still be a force on the field when he’s feeling good and healthy and doing what he can do. I’m not sure the exact timetable but he’s one of the best to ever play and still can play at an incredibly high level. We want him back.”
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