Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, who is considered doubtful for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers due to a sprained left ankle, is expected to test his injury during pre-game warmups before the staff makes a final decision on his status, a source told ESPN’s Adam. Scheffer.
The Cardinals want to be careful in the lead up to this league game. If Murray doesn’t start, Colt McCoy goes under the center to Arizona, which suffers its first loss of the season.
Arizona doesn’t sound too optimistic that wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who is also listed as doubtful due to a hamstring injury, will be able to play against the 49ers. But he, too, will participate in the pre-game warm-ups, and the Cardinals will gauge his status at that point.
Murray did not train on Wednesday and Thursday, nor was he on the field for Friday’s open portion of practice. On Friday, Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury told reporters that if Murray is healthy enough to continue playing at a “high level” despite an injury, he would play.
“We’re not going to put them there unless he can function,” Kingsbury said. “He wants to play, so we’ll see.”
Murray leads the NFL in completion rate — 77.4% — in pocket, third in yards per attempt, fourth in yards per fall and sixth in passing yards. He also has the lowest league off-target percentage out of pocket, along with the highest adjusted completion percentage, lowest contact, and lowest pocket contact percentage.
Murray remained confident throughout the week despite the lack of training. Kingsbury said his quarterback spent time rehabilitating in the building with trainers rather than practicing, and that the staff “had run him through the ringer to get him ready”.
“I think I’ll be good to go on Sunday if I know the game plan and get the mental reps,” Murray said on Wednesday.
ESPN Staff Writer Josh Weinfuss contributed to this report.