Tag:Anquan Boldin
Posted on: August 15, 2010 5:37 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2010 8:29 pm
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Larry Fitzgerald's MRI reveals sprained knee

Posted by Will Brinson

Larry Fitzgerald left Saturday night's preseason game against the Texans early and was seen icing his knee on the sideline after taking a shot while reeling in a 16-yard catch from Matt Leinart.

There's nothing abnormal about Fitzgerald leaving a preseason game early, but there is something disconcerting about the (arguably) best wideout in the NFL having to have an MRI for a swollen knee. Which is precisely what Fitzgerald is doing, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic on Twitter .

Somers reports that Fitzgerald underwent the MRI Sunday morning and that the Cardinals "are hoping it's only a slight sprain."

Clearly, that's an ideal scenario -- the really problematic thing is that it might something much worse than "slight." There's no team in the NFL that wouldn't be hurt by the loss of a player of Fitzgerald's caliber, but the Cardinals in particular would be devastated, with Anquan Boldin gone and Matt Leinart under center.

Don't expect to see Fitzgerald hit the field for the rest of the preseason regardless, though.

Update: (6:00): Turns out, the results of the MRI were "good" -- it's just a knee sprain and Fitzgerald says he'll be "conservative with it for a few weeks." It's pretty safe to assume that Fitzy won't be helping your preseason fantasy teams.

Update (8:29): Turns out it's actually a sprained MCL, according to the Cards' official blog .

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 9:56 am
 

Joe Flacco: Ravens 'can go as far as we want'

There's little question that the Baltimore Ravens are talented. Last season's group, which finished 9-7 and whupped the Patriots in the playoffs before bowing out in the second round of the playoffs to eventual AFC Champ Indy, proved that. But Super Bowl worthy?

Well, a lot of folks believe that Baltimore could make some serious noise in 2010, especially after adding the proverbial (or potential?) final piece to the puzzle in wide receiver Anquan Boldin. One of those folks include quarterback Joe Flacco, who gave fans much to get excited about at a recent autograph session.

"[The fans are] all expecting us to do well this year, and that's a good thing," Flacco said after signing for every sunburned fan in line (which meant writing his name continually for more than an hour) at the AT&T store in Severn. "They should be excited. The excitement level is contagious."

"We've got the talent to go as far as we want to," Flacco said.


Now, that could be a bold statement, but, honestly, "Super Bowl or Bust" is a pretty realistic goal for Baltimore to have. (And it should be noted too, that Las Vegas agrees with him : the Ravens, at 12:1 aren't the top favorite, but they're certainly in a cluster of "elite" teams represented by low odds over at BoDog.)

They probably won't straight-up cruise to the AFC North title, but does anyone believe that Cincinnati will be as good as last year? Or that Pittsburgh, who will miss Ben Roethlisberger for several games, has the upper hand heading into 2010? Of course not, and it's a good reason for Flacco's confidence.

In other words, if the Ravens DO want to go as far as their talent will allow them, this division race shouldn't be a close one, even if the AFC North eventually features two playoff teams. Awkwardly though, this is a Ravens team that, for all its talents, HASN'T won the division in the last two years.

Which is to say that, yeah, the Super Bowl is an important -- and realistic and smart and whatnot -- goal. But right now, the Ravens should be most focused on the fact that, after an opener against the Jets that will be an "AFC Statement Game" of some sorts, they have three straight division games that need to be won in order to make sure everyone knows exactly what they want.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 2:43 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2010 2:45 pm
 

Boldin talks about former team and expectations

Anquan Boldin spoke candidly with ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio about the Ravens’ Super Bowl aspirations and his moving on from the Cardinals organization. Of his time in Arizona, Boldin said, “I would say I was misled.” The Pro Bowl receiver spent years requesting a new contract. The Cardinals paid Larry Fitzgerald but never the receiver who was there first. When he joined the Ravens, Boldin signed a very reasonable four-year, $28 million deal.

The most interesting part of Paolantonio’s article comes at the end, where Boldin talks about the new challenge of being a No. 1 receiver:

Boldin knows what people are saying: "Let’s see how he does without Larry Fitzgerald demanding the double-team." What does he say when he hears that?

"I didn’t play with Larry my rookie year (2003), and all I did was catch 101 balls for over 1,300 yards," (Boldin) said. "But don’t get it wrong, Larry is a great guy, he is a great football player. He definitely made my job easier. But at the same time, I went out and did the same for him." 

 



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