An unconvincing report on Cardinals' Kyler Murray's status has been released by an insider
On November 13, late at night, an NFL source provided an injury report on a key Arizona Cardinals player.
The Cardinals are "pessimistic" that quarterback Kyler Murray will play against the Carolina Panthers in Week 10, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Colt McCoy, a veteran, would take his position.
Murray will be given a shot by Arizona because he wants to "carry it up to game time."
Murray took part in Friday's session of practice, which was regarded to be an encouraging indicator for his probable availability. Murray made his first appearance since suffering an ankle injury on the last drive of the Green Bay Packers' Week 8 loss.
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Murray's practice resumed on Friday, but there's "still work for him to do to be fit," according to NFL insider Mike Garafolo, who agrees with Rapoport that McCoy will start again.
According to ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter, Murray's situation does not appear to be promising. DeAndre Hopkins is the least likely to play due to a hamstring ailment, while Rondale Moore is the most likely to play due to neck/concussion problems.
On November 10, Cardinals writer Darren Urban reported for the first time that Murray had made "amazing" progress on his ankle and was confident about playing against the Panthers in Week 10.
While the Cardinals are giving Murray a chance to play in Week 10, the scenario appears to be similar to last week. Having said that, their Week 9 victory over the San Francisco 49ers demonstrated that they are capable of handling pressure again.
Their path to another possible success begins with a 35-year-old quarterback.
Murray's MVP campaign appears to be finished if he misses a second consecutive game. With a 72.7 completion percentage, the third-year quarterback has made even more progress.
At the same time, the Cardinals won 31-17 on the road against the 49ers despite missing their top wideout and quarterback.
With McCoy, they'll try to snap a five-game losing streak against the Panthers. Arizona can take a similar strategy to making McCoy's job easier by running the ball and finding inventive ways to get men open.
McCoy was nearly flawless in his first start for Arizona, completing a career-high 84.6 percent of his throws. For the first time since 2018, he will now start two games in a row.
McCoy has coaching qualities, according to Kingsbury.
"He's the only one in there that will occasionally eat supper with the coaches because he treats it like he's a coach."
The 35-year-old was signed in the offseason by Cardinals general manager Steve Keim to back up Murray and joins his sixth NFL franchise and third in as many seasons.
McCoy was Keim's first choice when he assessed the market for backup quarterbacks.
"Colt has a wonderful reputation as a leader, a person who is great in the locker room," stated Keim. "To bring in a seasoned player who can hopefully have that kind of influence not only in the locker room, but also in the quarterback room." Kyler is a man we're really thrilled about because of the progress he's made from year one to year two, and now taking that next step to year three is crucial. Having a guy like Colt McCoy on the practice field might be good to Kyler not just on the practice field but also on game days, what he sees out there, the coverages he gets, and how defenses play us."
Unlike last week, McCoy will now have A.J. Green available to him after he was activated off the Reserve/COVID list on November 11. Even without Hopkins, the quartet of Zach Ertz, Green, Christian Kirk, and Rondale Moore is a fearsome force.
There is one guy who should not be overlooked since he has the potential to have another impactful day.
Chase Edmonds was placed on injured reserve by the Cardinals on November 13. This will hold him out for three games, not including the Week 12 bye week. On the first play of the game against the 49ers, Edmonds suffered a high-ankle sprain.
Did you notice the title? It is self-explanatory. Allow James Conner to cook.
Conner finished the game with three touchdowns, a career record for the 26-year-old.
The injured J.J. Watt had to express himself on social media after watching Conner's 173 total yards.
This should be a difficult challenge for the offense, particularly McCoy, because the Panthers have allowed the fewest yards and throwing yards in the league.
On the plus side, the Panthers gave up 105 rushing yards to the Patriots in the first half. Arizona may use the similar strategy, involving Conner and backup Eno Benjamin early.
The Cardinals will get their first glimpse at former linebacker Haason Reddick, who has thrived in his debut season with the Panthers.
Conner leads the league with 11 touchdowns this season. Getting James Conner engaged can really open up all sorts of possibilities for keeping the Panthers on their toes.