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Week Will Determine Kyler Murray Status For 49ers

Kingsbury says quarterback is improving, but practice status TBD

Quarterback Kyler Murray walks off the field with head athletic trainer Tom Reed at the end of the Cardinals' loss to the Packers on Thursday.
Quarterback Kyler Murray walks off the field with head athletic trainer Tom Reed at the end of the Cardinals' loss to the Packers on Thursday.

The question of Kyler Murray's availability for the game against the 49ers wasn't answered Monday, and it likely won't be answered until later in the week.

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday that Murray is still progressing with the ankle injury and that the weekend off helped his recovery process. So Kingsbury called Murray day-to-day as the Cardinals prepare for their division matchup Sunday in San Francisco.

"I don't want to look ahead on that deal," Kingsbury said. "We'll see how he feels on Wednesday."

Fox's Jay Glazer reported Sunday Murray suffered an ankle sprain at the end of Thursday's loss to the Packers and the injury could force Murray to miss up to three weeks. Kingsbury confirmed Monday it was an ankle injury.

Murray has not missed an NFL start since becoming the Cardinals' starter immediately in 2019. The quarterback has dealt with injuries but has played through them. He has missed large chunks of only two games because of injuries -- playing 54 percent of the snaps in a win at Seattle in 2019 when Brett Hundley came in to finish the game, and playing 47 percent of the snaps in Los Angeles in last year's season finale after starting, leaving for Chris Streveler, and then coming back in.

Kingsbury said the Cardinals would prioritize Murray's health and ability to play at the level he's showcased this season.

"We'll make sure he's in a good position to play at a high level before we put him out there," Kingsbury said. "That's for sure."

If Murray does not feel his ankle is well enough to play on Sunday, or the coaches elect to hold Murray out to avoid further damage, veteran Colt McCoy would get the start.

McCoy has not started an NFL game since doing so for the Giants against the Browns in a Week 15 loss last season, filling in for starter Daniel Jones. Kingsbury said the team would have faith in McCoy.

"He approaches the game like a starter," Kingsbury said. "He's here all day, every day. He arrives early and stays late. He's been a tremendous addition. So, if Kyler wouldn't be able to make it, we'd have all the confidence in the world in Colt."


Centers Rodney Hudson and Max Garcia are also day-to-day. Kingsbury said the team would determine their status this week in practice. Hudson remains on injured reserve and can't practice until the team opens his practice window to return.

"We'll see what it looks like tomorrow and Wednesday," Kingsbury said. "And when we put the pads back on Wednesday, hopefully, those guys can go. But that remains to be seen."

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