TEMPE, Ariz. — Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray will miss the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament rupture, coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday afternoon.
Murray went down on a three-yard run on the third play in Monday night’s 27-13 loss to the New England Patriots. He was carted off the field and did not return. An MRI on Tuesday confirmed the injury.
“That’s obviously unfortunate and difficult to see,” Kingsbury said. “And talking to him last night, um yeah, it was a rough night.”
Murray was “very disappointed” when Kingsbury spoke to him on Monday night.
“He’s as competitive as anyone I’ve ever been with,” Kingsbury said. “So he wanted to end the season strong and we’ve faced a lot of adversity so far this season and we’re looking forward to this final month and trying to really build for next year. So definitely disappointed.”
Murray will have additional assessments and tests performed on his knee, said Kingsbury, who expects to receive a final report on the extent of the damage on Wednesday. However, Kingsbury said the Cardinals had not discussed a time frame for Murray’s return. Kingsbury pointed out that return schedules vary from player to player. The Cardinals also have not spoken about where Murray’s rehab will take place, neither in Arizona nor Dallas, and who will oversee it, the Cardinals’ medical staff or Murray’s own doctors and trainers.
“That’s an interesting question,” Kingsbury said. “I’m sure whoever it is will be well done and he wants to come back and talk last night bigger, stronger, faster than ever.
“And I think Joe Burrow and what he could do when he came back from his [ACL injury] is encouraging for Kyler. And so he’s definitely up for the challenge of speaking to him last night.”
During their conversation after Monday’s game, Kingsbury said he wanted Murray to know how much he was appreciated and that “we’re going to get through this.”
“He has never gone through such a serious injury so it will be a new challenge for him,” said Kingsbury.
A season-ending injury with four games remaining was Murray’s last in a roller-coaster year. From Murray’s contract, which dominated the headlines during the offseason, and training camp, with the unveiling of the independent study clause that was eventually taken out, to his handling of a wrist injury and COVID-19 at training camp, to a hamstring injury that led to it that he was missing two games, Murray 2022 has a lot to do.
“Obviously a tough year, from the start where we didn’t do a lot with the wrist in training camp and then COVID and then had a tough stretch, didn’t play as well offensively as we thought we could,” Kingsbury said. “And I really thought our rhythm was a little bit better against the Chargers and was looking forward to the last five games.
“And not being able to build that was disappointing and just tough for everyone involved.”
Murray wasn’t the only Cardinals quarterback to have an MRI Tuesday.
Backup QB Colt McCoy has been tested for a head injury, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The source said the results are encouraging and McCoy is expected to be able to start in Denver on Sunday.
Kingsbury said during his press conference that McCoy appeared to emerge from the game healthy.
“He got some shots there late but he seemed in good, good shape today,” Kingsbury said.
Arizona will likely be without defenseman Zach Allen, who has a hand injury, against the Broncos on Sunday, Kingsbury said.