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By The Associated Press
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009

TEMPE, Ariz. — All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has a bruised bone and a sprained right knee, leaving his status uncertain for the Arizona Cardinals' game Sunday at Detroit.

The Cardinals said an MRI on Tuesday determined the extent of the injury but showed no more significant damage.

Fitzgerald was hurt on the third play of the third quarter of Monday night's game at San Francisco when the 49ers' Dashon Goldson landed on his leg on a deep pass attempt. Fitzgerald was helped off the field, then went to the locker room. He returned to the game with 3:23 to play.

Fitzgerald said on Twitter on Monday night that he was "sore but OK." Asked again yesterday, he answered he was "sore but straight."

Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said safety Matt Ware did not have a torn ACL as was initially feared. Whisenhunt said it is uncertain how much damage Ware had in the knee and when he might return.

"We're fairly certain that it's not an injury that requires an operation, which is a good thing," the coach said.

» Clinton Portis is confident he will return from the concussion that ended his season early. The Washington Redskins running back appeared at a charity event yesterday and was asked about remarks he made last week, when he sounded as if he could be contemplating the end of his career. Portis replied: "I don't think for one second this could be career ending."

» The NFL determined it "cannot conclude" that the Redskins committed a tampering violation before signing defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth last offseason.

» Minnesota Vikings backup linebacker Erin Henderson has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

» Embattled Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux was smoking marijuana as he and a friend were driving through the northeast Atlanta suburbs, according to a police report. Babineaux was arrested last week and charged with felony possession of marijuana.

» The Carolina Panthers placed right tackle Jeff Otah (Pitt) on injured reserve and signed offensive lineman Rob Petitti, another Pitt product.

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