Battered Fitzgerald, Palmer prepare for Seahawks

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 19, 2013 at 7:02 pm •  Published: December 19, 2013

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Larry Fitzgerald said he practiced fully Thursday but has one more concussion test to pass with an independent neurologist before he is cleared to play Sunday at Seattle.

Still, the Arizona star wide receiver said he expects to play. So does quarterback Carson Palmer, who is dealing with a high ankle sprain.

Both were injured Sunday in the Cardinals' 37-34 overtime win at Tennessee.

The Cardinals are a battered bunch as they prepare for the Seahawks, a game where Arizona is a big underdog and needs an upset victory to greatly improve its playoff chances.

Safety Rashad Johnson was in a walking boot at practice Thursday because of a high ankle sprain, and tight end Rob Housler missed the Tennessee game with a groin injury.

"This week everybody is trying to get back," Housler said. "We know how important it is."

Although he said he practiced in full, Fitzgerald was listed as limited on the Thursday injury report. So were Palmer, Housler, linebacker Karlos Dansby (foot), running back Rashard Mendenhall (finger), linebacker Matt Shaughnessy (groin) and linebacker Dontay Moch (hamstring). Johnson did not practice.

Fitzgerald's concussion occurred when he was trying to field an onside kick at Tennessee and took a severe hit from Jackie Battle. Fitzgerald said he doesn't remember the hit, only getting up and walking off the field. He watched it on video on Thursday.

He said he thought it was a clean hit. Fitzgerald said that, as a wide receiver, he can brace himself for anticipated hits. But on the "hands" team for an onside kick, "I have no idea where the guy's coming from."

"I'm in a vulnerable position. He just caught me," Fitzgerald said. "You know Muhammad Ali got knocked out a couple of times. It just happened. He caught me flush."

Fitzgerald said his final test will come in a meeting with a neurologist on Friday. He said the doctor has no affiliation with the team.

"He's not even a Cardinals fan," Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald said he's well aware of the issues surrounding concussions in the NFL and insisted this is his first one.

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