Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is back with the team after being hospitalized for chest pains, and he told SB Nation Wednesday that he’s feeling fine.
“I feel great,” Arians said. “I’m not on the injury report. A full go.”
The Cardinals are currently at 4-5-1 and Arizona needs a win when they travel to face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Having Arians back on the sideline increases the Cardinals’ chances of coming home with a victory.
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said the team’s primary concern was Arians’ well being.
“First and foremost, we love coach,” Fitzgerald said. “We were very concerned about him and his well being, because … the game of football is very important. It’s our livelihood, but this is somebody’s life. This is somebody’s health, and that’s the most important thing, that Coach and his well being is good.”
Arians is known for his fiery personality, and Fitzgerald said his presence on the practice field Wednesday made a difference for the Cardinals.
“To have him back out at practice, it was great today,” Fitzgerald said. “He brings a lot of intensity and emotion to the game, and we have to go out there and play hard for coach this week, and do everything we can to bring him some peace.”
The Cardinals are second in the NFC West, trailing the Seattle Seahawks by three games. A conference win over the 6-4 Falcons would keep Arizona in the postseason hunt, and having Arians healthy and on the sideline gives the Cardinals a better chance on Sunday.