The Cardinals do not play Sunday, and after Tuesday's truncated practice, they aren't practicing anymore this week either.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury cancelled Wednesday's planned practice on Tuesday, allowing the players to get away a little early. (The CBA dictates that players have to be allowed four straight days off during the bye, and every team usually just makes that the Thursday-Sunday block heading into the new week.)
Kingsbury had already said his plan was to use some of the extra time to begin preparing early for the Rams, whom the Cardinals host Dec. 1.
The Nov. 24 open date is the latest the Cardinals have had a bye since 1991, when the Cards actually had a bye on Dec. 1, after playing 13 of their 16 games. (That bye gave a brief respite in the middle of a season-ending eight-game losing streak.)
The Cardinals have five games left -- three straight home games against the Rams, Steelers and Browns, and then road trips to Seattle and Los Angeles for the Rams rematch.
“For me personally, I kind of want to keep going," quarterback Kyler Murray said. "I guess it’s good for everybody to kind of get away from it a little bit and come back refreshed. For me personally, I’ll still be in it, just not here, not playing.”