Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Arizona QB Murray misses practice again with injured ankle

TEMP, Ariz. (NWN) — Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray missed practice for the second day in a row on Thursday with an ankle injury, raising doubts about his status for the team’s upcoming game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Murray hurt his left ankle last Thursday on the final drive of Arizona’s 24-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers, the team’s first loss of the season.

“Just taking it once a day,” Murray said Wednesday. “Not really putting anything on it, like I said, take it one day at a time and see where it goes.”

Cardinals coach Cliff Kingsbury said Murray could play on Sunday even though he had not practiced by that time.

Murray has been one of the league’s most exciting quarterbacks over the past three years, partly because of his running ability. But the No. 1 overall pick of 2019 hasn’t gone as far this season and has been sprinting for nearly 300 yards after achieving more than 800 yards on the ground last season.

“He’s a pocket passer now,” Kingsbury said. “I think he can handle it well. He has done a great job out of his pocket – great perfection percentage defending the ball. We feel good about him, even though he has a full range of weapons.” Don’t be

Arizona’s backup quarterback is veteran Colt McCoy, who was signed during the offseason. The 35-year-old has started 30 games in his 11-year career, which includes the last two seasons with the New York Giants.

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“He (McCoy) would be great,” Kingsbury said. “He gets it like a starter. He’s here all day, every day. Early, late stops, does all you want. He’s a tremendous addition.

“If Kyler hadn’t been able to make it, we would have all the confidence in Colt in the world.”

Murray is one of the leading candidates for MVP during the season. The 24-year-old led the Cardinals to a 7-1 record and threw 2,276 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions, completing almost 73% of his passes. He’s also running for three touchdowns.

Murray said he doesn’t need to run to create drama, but he does need to be mobile enough to avoid trouble.

“If I have to, I have to, but at the same time, there’s a difference between running and defending myself,” Murray said. “You can’t be a duck sitting in a pocket, so we’ll take it one day at a time.”

Murray’s injury is one of many for a blatant Arizona crime. Star receiver DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) also did not practice on Thursday and another receiver, AJ Green, was put on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday.

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