Larry Fitzger­ald, WR, Car­di­nals

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When: The Car­di­nals’ star wide­out has moved past two Hall of Famers — Cris Carter (1,101) and Marvin Har­ri­son (1,102) — into third place in NFL his­tory for ca­reer re­cep­tions with 1,106. He also is 10th on the all-time yards re­ceiv­ing list with 14,246.

What’s up: Fitzger­ald con­tin­ues to improve his stand­ing in the NFL record book, even as the Car­di­nals have a down sea­son. Last year they won nine of their last 10. This year they sit at 5-6-1 and have won two of their last six.

Back­ground: Since the Car­di­nals drafted him in the first round in 2004, “Larry Leg­end” has been one of the league’s top wide­outs. Thir­teen sea­sons in, lit­tle has changed. With 880 yards through Week 13, he ranks No. 8 among the NFL’s top re­ceivers this year.

Jhab­vala’s take: Fitzger­ald, 33, has had mul­ti­ple in­juries this sea­son, and he may not be the deep-ball threat he once was (only seven catches of 20 or more yards this sea­son). But he is con­sis­tently re­li­able. Which is why his two mile­stones last Sun­day won’t be his last. Af­ter all, Reg­gie Wayne’s spot at No. 9 (14,345 yards) on the all-time list isn’t far away.

Ari­zona’s Larry Fitzger­ald, a first-round pick in the 2004 draft, con­tin­ues to improve his stand­ing in the NFL record book. Kevin C. Cox, Getty Im­ages

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