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Around the NFC West: Funny Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald absorbed an awkward hit during the Arizona Cardinals' 23-20 victory against the St. Louis Rams.

The Pro Bowl receiver found himself in a seated position on the turf when a defender's hit compressed his body.

Fitzgerald popped up quickly, as usual. His durability and the Cardinals' victory put Fitzgerald in position to rib teammate Beanie Wells for briefly leaving the game with an apparent knee injury.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Fitzgerald awarded Wells the imaginary "Paul Pierce Award" named for the Boston Celtics forward who returned to the 2008 NBA Finals after leaving in a wheelchair. Noted: This is hilarious and also a subtle form of leadership. Wells enjoyed a career-best performance. He also entered the NFL with a reputation for being on the softer side. Wells' physical running style and willingness to play through a knee injury this season should change perceptions.

Also from Somers: Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt thinks Kevin Kolb will have an easier time playing in Week 13, partly because the team will be playing on natural grass. Noted: I'm surprised Kolb hasn't gotten back onto the field sooner given what's at stake for him this season. He took limited snaps in practice last week.

More from Somers: notes on the Cardinals, including one about Whisenhunt's decision to change where he places the red challenge flag.

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says Whisenhunt's decision to let Wells have one more carry to get the franchise single-game rushing record was a calculated gamble. Bickley: "Like a deranged bull, Wells snorted and stomped for 14 yards on that final carry, finishing with 228 rushing yards. The number is enormous, enough to catapult Wells into another class of tailbacks. And in a season that ultimately will be stamped a disappointment, Whisenhunt's gesture was a clever play. It gave his beleaguered offense a moment of glory, a place in the record book. At a time when the defense is doing the heavy lifting, it gave the other side something to feel good about." Noted: It's important for Whisenhunt and the Cardinals to emerge from this season with things they can build upon. Defensive improvement, the development of young outside linebackers, a potential 1,000-yard season for Wells and Patrick Peterson's huge impact in the return game can at least partially offset a disappointing first season for Kolb in Arizona.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com runs through a long list of Cardinals-related notes, including this one: "It meant something that rookie fullback Anthony Sherman was in there blocking for Beanie. Sherman is good at his job already. Plus, Beanie seems to be the kind of back who likes having a lead back blocking for him." Noted: This is a good observation. My initial impression was also that Sherman made a very positive impact in this game. I'll watch more closely when watching the game again.