NOVEMBER 13TH: The Cardinals have announced that Murray will be inactive today, so it will indeed be McCoy starting for the Cardinals. Stafford is also eyeing the Rams, who will turn to Wolford in an important divisional battle by the backups.
NOVEMBER 12TH: The Rams will likely be without their starting caller when they host the Cardinals tomorrow. However, Arizona could very well be in the same position; ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler tweets the Kyler Murray is in danger of missing the week 10 matchup.
Murray is currently struggling with a hamstring injury which Fowler says he will test before the game. However, there is reportedly “skepticism” that he can play. The 25-year-old is officially classified as questionable.
Murray entered the 2022 season, his fourth in the league, with high expectations. These were fueled not only by his experience and draft status as a former No. 1 overall pick, but also by his five-year, $230.5 million extension he signed this offseason. That deal, in turn, came about shortly after the head coach Cliff Kingsbury and managing director Steve Germ were newly increased and briefly provided with a controversial study clause.
2022 has not gone according to plan for any member of this trio. The Cardinals sit near the bottom of the NFC West with a 3-6 record and rank midfield in most offensive categories. The team’s struggles to find a rhythm led Kingsbury to admit last month that he could give up his duties as referee. A number of absences in the reception corps – including De Andre Hopkins‘ PED suspension, along with Marchioness Brown‘s foot injury – contributed to the mediocre production.
As for Murray himself, the Oklahoma alum has 12 touchdowns and six interceptions during the season. His average yards per attempt (6.0) is a career low, as is his 86.9 rating. Of course, with 359 yards and two scores on the ground, he keeps his legs productive, but inconsistency in passing has cast even more doubt on the Cardinals’ decision to sign him at a high price.
Assuming Murray can’t adapt, the Cardinals will turn to him Colt McCoy at the quarterback. The veteran is in his sophomore year in Arizona and made three starts last season. During a matchup between McCoy and Rams backup John Wolford unexpected for both the teams and the league, it would not diminish its importance in a league up for grabs in the second half of the season.