Injuries at wide receiver hurting Anderson

Larry Fitzgerald is less than 100 percent and Early Doucet might have another lingering groin injury. How will the Cardinals' receiving corps respond?

Quarterback Derek Anderson is a career 53 percent passer, and it's going to be difficult for him to improve much, given the team's injuries at receiver.

Larry Fitzgerald is less than 100 percent because of a sprained knee ligament suffered in the preseason. Early Doucet, the No. 3 receiver, suffered a groin injury against the Rams, and his status likely will be at least questionable all week.

That leaves Anderson with three healthy receivers: Steve Breaston, a reliable starter, and rookie free agents Max Komar and Stephen Williams.

Anderson has struggled with accuracy throughout his career, and having two inexperienced receivers among his top four won't help.

"It was difficult," coach Ken Whisenhunt said after the Rams game, "and Larry, as the game went on, his knee started to bother him and it slowed him down some. So we got new guys playing different spots, who have never played in a game."

Anderson tried to go to Fitzgerald, targeting him 15 times. He completed only three. Fitzgerald didn't create his usual separation, but there were times where Anderson just plain missed him.

If that happens against better teams than the Rams, the Cardinals will lose.


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