Arizona Cardinals Home: The official source of the latest Cardinals headlines, news, videos, photos, tickets, rosters and game day information


Presented by

NFLPA Medical Opinion Wants Workouts To Stop -- Right Before Kyler Murray Get-Together

The get-together was finally set -- Kyler Murray was going to have all his skill position teammates out to Texas to join him in the long-awaited workouts lost when the team couldn't hold OTAs this summer thanks to the coronavirus. Murray was paying his own money for the 20-player meetup, which is supposed to run from Sunday through Thursday this week.

Saturday, a wrench was thrown into that plan.

The NFL Players Association tweeted out a statement from their head medical officer that, while not aimed at the Cardinals directly, it may as well have been.

"Please be advised that it is our consensus medical opinion that in light of the increase in Covid-19 cases in certain states that no players should be engaged in practicing together in private workouts," wrote Dr. Thom Mayer. "Our goal is to have all players and your families as healthy as possible in the coming months.

"We are working on the best mitigation procedures at team facilities for both training camps and the upcoming season, and believe that it is in the best interest of all players that we advise against any voluntary joint practices before training camp commences."

Given that this was just announced, no way to know if the group will scuttle their plans -- it is officially an opinion and not a mandate -- but once medical professionals have a say, it tends to hold weight.

The hope that Murray could get together and throw with new teammate DeAndre Hopkins and others has been a topic of conversation for a few weeks. Murray has been throwing on his own, using receivers he has found who were already in Texas -- although this would've been able to give he and the other Cardinals a chance to work on plays specific to the Cardinals' playbook. Most players have done at least some work albeit not together, and some Cardinals have gotten together -- for instance, quarterbacks Chris Streveler and Brett Hundley have had sessions with Christian Kirk, Trent Sherfield and Chase Edmonds in Arizona.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) talks with quarterback Kyler Murray (1) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz.