Biggs: Fitzgerald was in game to pad stats

Maybe there was a little something more to why Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald found himself on the field in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s meaningless game vs. the Green Bay Packers.

Fitzgerald expressed surprise that was the case earlier in the week, but coach Ken Whisenhunt put it in perspective on Tuesday, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.

"Well, Larry wanted the touchdown and he wanted 100 receptions," Whisenhunt said. "That was something that was important to him. That's the competitive side of Larry."

Fair enough, and it make sense after Fitzgerald had at least pleaded ignorance as to why he was in the game.

"Coach didn't ask me to come out of the game,’’ Fitzgerald said. “That's my job to play ball until he tells me to come out. You got to be committed to the cause."

He caught a touchdown pass from third quarterback Brian St. Pierre in the fourth quarter to give him 13, a single-season career high. Fitzgerald, however, caught just three balls in the game and fell three short of triple-digits for the season at 97.

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