Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury said Friday that QB Kyler Murray's injured hamstring has "come a long way," according to ESPN's Josh Weinfuss. But the coach also said Murray will still be a game-time decision for Monday night against the 49ers. That late kick will make Murray difficult to wait for in fantasy football lineups unless you have Jimmy Garoppolo or Colt McCoy as insurance. We'll watch for early signals on the expectation for Murray's involvement.
Update: Murray is officially listed as questionable after getting in 3 limited practices this week.
Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (knee) is still "weeks away" from playing, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Murray is eligible to come off the PUP list next week but isn't ready to practice yet. Murray still "wants and plans" to play this season, but Schefter believes it will be late October, "at the earliest," before we see him. This isn't a surprise after Murray tore his ACL this past December. If you've had Murray stashed on your fantasy bench, keep stashing him. But this report does mean that Murray isn't worth adding off waiver wires for at least another few weeks.
The Cardinals will keep QB Kyler Murray on the physically unable to perform list to open the regular season, according to multiple reports. That's no surprise, as Murray continues to work back from a November ACL tear. He'll miss at least the first four games. We've had Murray projected to miss five games all along in your fantasy football rankings. The Cardinals are also releasing QB Colt McCoy. That'll mean it's either rookie Clayton Tune or newly acquired Josh Dobbs starting for Arizona over the first month. We'll see who wins that post between now and Week 1.
The Cardinals are placing QB Kyler Murray on the PUP list to open training camp, to the surprise of absolutely no one. Murray, of course, is working back from a Dec. 12 ACL tear. The main question on him for 2023 has been just how much regular-season time he'll miss. We'll continue watching for more insight on that.
Cardinals beat writer Bob McManaman guesses QB Kyler Murray (ACL rehab) will miss the first 3-5 games. “Don’t buy into any of the rumors that may suggest he won’t play a single down during the entire 2023 season,” McManaman writes. Beyond the ACL recovery, Murray will also learn a new system under OC Drew Petzing. Our current QB rankings project 12 games played for Murray.
Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill suggested in a Wednesday appearance on The Dave Pasch Podcast that QB Kyler Murray could miss a big chunk of the 2023 season. "I think (his return) is going to be earlier than this midseason, so hopefully, it's toward the beginning of the season, but I don't want to put any specific dates," Bidwill said. "There could be setbacks, the progress could slow. But he's a young man, it looks like he is a fast healer, things are going well. Let's hope that keeps going the way it is." Murray tore the ACL and meniscus in his right knee on December 12 and had surgery on January 3. A standard 9-month timeline would have him back in early October -- but it sounds like the team is bracing for a potentially longer absence. It's an especially tough situation with Arizona installing a new offense under OC Drew Petzing. Murray should be considered just a QB2 in early best-ball drafts.
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