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Kyler Murray Hopes To Play In Season Finale 

Notes: Shipley hopes to end career with Cardinals; team gets Christmas off

QB Kyler Murray wants to be fully mobile in order to play against the Rams.
QB Kyler Murray wants to be fully mobile in order to play against the Rams.

Kyler Murray hasn't missed a football game due to injury since high school.

The Cardinals' rookie quarterback is hoping that doesn't change Sunday.

Murray did some light work during the open portion of Tuesday's practice, tossing the ball to receivers inside the bubble as it rained outside, but didn't participate in movement drills as he nurses a minor hamstring strain.

He left last week's win over the Seahawks in the third quarter, and while the regular season finale against the Rams doesn't mean much in the grand scheme, Murray doesn't want to sit unless he must.

"I want to finish the season out strong," said Murray, who at this point believes he will play in Los Angeles. "Right now, obviously, I'm hopeful to play, (although) I'm not dying over it. I think any competitor wants to play a game, especially being my rookie season, being the last one, having that bad taste in my mouth from that last game."

As for a final call on his availability, Murray said he will see how he feels at the end of the week and will listen to the training staff.

"I'm going to be smart, regardless of the situation, understanding that if I can't be myself, I'm not going to put myself out there," Murray said. "I'm not going to hurt the team in that way. But if I can go, I'm going to go."

Backup quarterback Brett Hundley helped keep Seattle at bay down the stretch in Sunday's 27-13 win. It was a tough spot after no practice reps with the offense for months, so the playbook was somewhat limited.

However, if Hundley plays against Los Angeles, coach Kliff Kingsbury said nothing will be held back.

"Shoot, I wouldn't want anything less," Hundley said. "If my number's called, I don't want to restrict us in any means. I want to go out there and win this game."


After missing all of last season with a torn ACL, center A.Q. Shipley is expected to wrap up a 16-start campaign on Sunday against the Rams. The 33-year-old won the job in training camp over Mason Cole and gave the Cardinals consistent play in the middle of the line all year.

Shipley is an unrestricted free agent after the season and would like to return.

"Obviously I would like to finish my career here," Shipley said. "We'll see if that happens. I still think I've got a few more years (left). Last year was big for me. You can look at it as a negative that I got hurt, but very few people get a year off to let their bodies heal up. I was able to do that toward the back end of my career, which kind of gives me a boost."


The Cardinals practiced on Tuesday, the team's normal off day, so they can have Christmas off. Kingsbury spoke with his sports science staff and determined the physical recovery would work fine with the change.

The players came in for a light workout on Monday and had a lighter-than-usual practice on Tuesday.

"We felt like having Christmas on a Wednesday was going to work out, where we could flip the days," Kingsbury said.

While there was no official injury report on Tuesday, Shipley, guard J.R. Sweezy, guard Justin Pugh and tight end Charles Clay were not seen during the open portion of practice.

The team will return to its normal schedule on Thursday and Friday.

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