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Larry Fitzgerald is not a fan of the Cardinals being in the Hall of Fame Game

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald at Arizona Cardinals training camp in Glendale Tuesday, August 2, 2016. (Photo: Vince Marotta/Arizona Sports)

Last year, Larry Fitzgerald — somewhat jokingly but with at least a hint of sincerity — talked about his disdain for the rigors of training camp.

With Practices nearly every day and exhibition games that by their very definition do not matter, it’s understandable why a veteran who has put together a Hall of Fame career and at this point is only searching for an elusive Super Bowl ring would not enjoy that part of the season.

Therefore, perhaps it’s not too surprising that the 33-year-old Fitzgerald, upon hearing that his Cardinals will be taking part in this year’s Hall of Fame Game, was less-than-excited.

Indeed, the Cardinals will play five preseason games instead of the standard four, and will be able to open training camp a week earlier than normal due to their preseason slate starting early.

At the same time, Fitzgerald will be in line to take occasional days off throughout camp, and it’s also not likely he will receive too much action in the preseason games. And there is the golf tournament, which will take place from Aug. 3-6 in Akron, Ohio.

So it’s not all bad, probably.

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