NFL Insider Drops ‘Pessimistic’ Status Update on Cardinals QB Kyler Murray

Getty Images Kyler Murray walks off the field against the Green Bay Packers on October 28, 2021.

On Saturday night, November 13, an NFL insider dropped an injury update regarding Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Cardinals are “pessimistic” that Murray will play against the Carolina Panthers in Week 10. Veteran Colt McCoy would start in his place.

Arizona will give Murray a chance as he wants to “take it up to game-time.”

There was a thought-to-be good sign for Murray’s potential availability, as he participated in Friday’s portion of practice. It was Murray’s first appearance since suffering an ankle injury in the last drive of Week 8’s loss to the Green Bay Packers.

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NFL insider Mike Garafolo reverted to Murray’s practice on Friday, but that there’s “still work for him to do to get healthy” and agrees with Rapoport’s sentiment that McCoy will start again.

Sources told ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter that it doesn’t sound promising for Murray. Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is the least likely to play due to a hamstring injury and Rondale Moore is the most likely to play, who’s dealing with neck/concussion injuries.

On November 10, it was first reported by Cardinals reporter Darren Urban that Murray had made “crazy” progress on his ankle and was confident in playing against the Panthers in Week 10.

While the Cardinals are giving Murray a shot to play in Week 10, it’s looking like the same situation as last week. That being said, their win against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 9 shows they have the capability of handling the pressure again.

Their road to another potential victory starts with a 35-year old quarterback.


Confidence in Colt McCoy

Murray’s MVP campaign appears to be all but over, if he misses a second straight game. The third-year quarterback has made even bigger strides, with a 72.7 completion percentage.

At the same time, the Cardinals responded emphatically without their top wideout and quarterback on the road against the 49ers, winning 31-17.

They’ll look to end their five-game skid against the Panthers with McCoy. Arizona can repeat their similar approach of making life easy for McCoy by running the football and finding creative ways to get guys open.

McCoy was near perfect in his first start for Arizona, completing a career-high 84.6% of his passes in the win. He will now start two games in a row for the first time since 2018.

Kingsbury sees coaching qualities in McCoy.

“He’s the only one in there that will eat dinner with the coaches every now and then cause he treats it like he is a coach.”

The 35-year-old signed with the Cardinals in the offseason by general manager Steve Keim to back up Murray and joined the fifth NFL team of his career and third in as many seasons.

When Keim saw the market for backup quarterbacks, McCoy was his favorite.

“Colt has a great reputation for being a leader, a guy who is great in the locker room,” Keim said. “To add a veteran player that hopefully can have that type of influence not only in the locker room but in the quarterback room. Kyler is a guy we are so excited about, the improvements he’s made from year one to year two, now taking that next step to year three is so critical. To have a guy like Colt McCoy could be beneficial to Kyler not only on the practice field but even on game days, what he is seeing out there, the coverages he is getting, how defenses are playing us.”

Unlike last week, McCoy will now have A.J. Green at his disposal, who was activated from the Reserve/COVID list on November 11. Even without Hopkins, Zach Ertz, Green, Christian Kirk and Rondale Moore are a formidable group.

There is one player that you can’t forget that can have another impactful day.


Let James Conner Cook

The Cardinals placed Chase Edmonds on injured reserve on November 13. That will keep him away for three games, not counting the bye week in Week 12. Edmonds suffered a high-ankle sprain on the first play of the game against the 49ers.

Now, did you see that title? It speaks for itself. Let James Conner cook.

Conner ended the day with three touchdowns, which was a career-high for the 26-year-old.

After seeing Conner’s 173 total yards, the injured J.J. Watt had to express himself on social media.

 

This should be a tough task for the offense, especially for McCoy, as the Panthers have allowed the second-fewest yards and passing yards in the league.

On the bright side, the Panthers allowed 105 rushing yards in the first half to the Patriots. Arizona might go with the same game plan, getting Conner and backup Eno Benjamin involved early.

The Cardinals will get a first look at former linebacker Haason Reddick, who’s flourished in his first season in Carolina.

Conner has 11 touchdowns this season, which leads the league. To get the Panthers on their toes, getting James Conner involved can really set up all sorts of possibilities.


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