Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians hospitalized
TEMPE, Ariz. — With his team in the midst of a highly disappointing season, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was in the hospital Monday after feeling ill overnight, the team said.
The Cardinals issued a statement saying the 64-year-old coach was not feeling well Sunday night after returning home from Arizona's game in Minnesota and his wife took him to the hospital.
The Cardinals said via Twitter on Monday night that Arians has been released from the hospital.
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said he spoke to Arians when the coach still was in the hospital.
"(He) says he is resting comfortably, and that he's feeling better," Fitzgerald said. "... He didn't go into specific details when I talked to him. From what I heard, he just wasn't feeling well, and being precautionary, he wanted to make sure he was OK."
Arizona lost 30-24 to the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis on Sunday. With almost everyone returning from last season's 13-3 team, the Cardinals were expected to be Super Bowl contenders but are 4-5-1 through 10 games.
JETS: Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the New York Jets' starting quarterback Sunday against the New England Patriots, with coach Todd Bowles making the announcement after practice Monday.
"He's healthy, he's been our starter," Bowles said. "I don't see anything that could change that right now."
Fitzpatrick sat out the Jets' previous game against Los Angeles on Nov. 13 with a sprained left knee. Bryce Petty made his first regular-season NFL start and went 19 of 32 for 163 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the 9-6 loss.
Bowles said last week that he would consider which quarterback would give the Jets (3-7) the best chance of winning against the Patriots (8-2).
"He's been playing all year," Bowles said of Fitzpatrick. "He knows more of the system. He can do more things. He's been the starter. I don't give away jobs. You've got to take a job. Bryce has gotten better and he'll be ready to play if called upon."
Fitzpatrick is tied with Jacksonville's Blake Bortles for the NFL lead with 13 interceptions, and his 67.6 quarterback rating is the worst among quarterbacks with 150 or more passing attempts.
BILLS: A dislocated left thumb isn't expected to prevent LeSean McCoy from missing a game.
The Buffalo Bills running back is expected to play against Jacksonville this weekend after having surgery for the injury. He was hurt in the first half of a 16-12 win at Cincinnati Sunday.
Coach Rex Ryan confirmed McCoy had surgery after the team returned home on Sunday night, but wouldn't commit to whether he might play against the Jaguars.
"I guess we'll see how he progresses through the week," Ryan said.
McCoy leads Buffalo with 716 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, including one scored against the Bengals, and also has 144 yards receiving and a touchdown.
SEAHAWKS: Seattle Seahawks starting safety Earl Thomas and cornerback DeShawn Shead both have first-degree hamstring strains that will likely require a recovery period of 10 to 14 days.
Coach Pete Carroll gave an update on the two defensive backs during his radio show on KIRO-AM on Monday morning, a day after Seattle's 26-15 win over Philadelphia. Carroll wouldn't rule out either for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay but said the typical recovery time for that type of strain was about two weeks.
Shead felt his hamstring acting up during Saturday's walkthrough and tried to go on Sunday but went to the sideline in the first half.
Thomas was injured in the third quarter while running downfield in coverage on a ball that was intercepted by Richard Sherman. Thomas has not missed a game in his professional career and has started 106 consecutive games.