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Larry Fitzgerald says he felt 'partly responsible' for Bruce Arians' health scare

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Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was admitted to hospital on Monday after suffering from chest pains but is expected to be on the sidelines in Atlanta this Sunday. 

This was the second time this season that Arians had been admitted to hospital, following the stomach pains he suffered from back in August. The 64-year-old seems to be in good order though and has been back at work this week. 

The Cardinals lost a close game to Minnesota last weekend and face of the franchise, and future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald, says he feels partly responsible for Arians' health scare. 


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The nine-time Pro Bowler told Arizona Republic's Paola Boivin: "I think there's a trend here...It's stressful when we're playing bad. We were 13-2 last year and he was feeling good. As a player, you feel partly responsible for what's happened. A lot of that falls on our shoulders."

The 33-year-old continued: "At times when you're in the midst of a season, and things are not going the way you want them to go, you can lose sight of [what's important].

"You feel like the world's closing in on you. You go out to eat at restaurants and people are telling you how bad you are and how bad you're playing, you kind of lose sight of real-world perspective. Something like this really snaps you back to reality. ...

"It makes you appreciate real life. Obviously, (losing) in Minnesota (last Sunday), it sucked. ... But we're human beings. At the end of the day, we love Coach. We want to see him healthy and live a long, long life and that's really what it's about."

Two-time NFL coach of the year Arians tweeted a message of gratitude and expressed his desire to be back on the sideline with his team. 

Arians wrote: "Thank you for all the well wishes, thoughts and prayers. I'm doing good. Everything checked out ok. Happy to be back with the guys!"

Arizona (4-5-1) travels to Atlanta this Sunday to face the 6-4 Falcons and in need of a win to boost their chances in the playoff race. 

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