No practice for Fitz but WR expects to play

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald missed a second straight day of practice Thursday as his left hamstring continues to improve.

Fitzgerald made a brief appearance during the portion of practice that was open to the media inside the Cardinals' bubble, working on the hands team during onside kicks. After that period concluded, Fitzgerald ran outside where he worked with Cardinals’ trainers doing some jogging and running through drills.

“Did everything, full day’s workout,” Fitzgerald said. “It was all good.”

When asked if his hamstring was sore, Fitzgerald was succinct.

“I’m fine,” he said. “I’m fine.”

If it was up to Fitzgerald, he will play Sunday in New Orleans.

“I’m expecting to play every Sunday,” he said.

On Wednesday, Arizona coach Bruce Arians said Fitzgerald has earned the right to play Sunday after missing an entire week of practice. The final injury report will be released Friday afternoon.

In other injury news…

Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (biceps) was upgraded to full. Running back Rashard Mendenhall (toe) and linebacker Kevin Minter (hamstring) did not practice. Tight end Rob Housler (ankle) was limited.