Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray may be sidelined vs. 49ers

(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) Kyler Murray
(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) Kyler Murray /

The ankle injury suffered by Kyler Murray last week could leave the Arizona Cardinals without their starting passer on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

Fans of the Arizona Cardinals will be hard-pressed to forget the “miscommunication” that took place against the Green Bay Packers last Thursday night. It’s being now reported that the Cards suffered another misfortune during that contest that’s threatening to keep their superstar quarterback out of this week’s starting lineup.

Kyler Murray, Arizona’s MVP candidate for 2021, sprained an ankle just a couple of plays before the ill-fated interception versus the Packers. Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer is saying that it’s a 1-3 week injury that’s dependent on how quickly the Cardinals’ training staff can get the swelling to go down.

To his credit, Murray has yet to miss a start for the Redbirds since he entered the NFL back in 2019. Those who work for the organization are holding out hope that the signal-caller will be healthy enough to take on the San Francisco 49ers this coming Sunday.

Colt McCoy will start at QB for Arizona Cardinals if Kyler Murray can’t play

Earlier this year, the Cards front office went out and acquired a more experienced passer to be the backup for Murray. Colt McCoy, a 12th-year veteran, signed a one-year contract with the club back on March 30th. The 35-year-old would be replacing Chris Streveler, a former CFL star who failed miserably when pressed into action during Arizona’s crucial 2020 finale defeat to the Los Angeles Rams.

McCoy is a scrappy competitor who has spent time with five different teams since he turned professional back in 2010. The 6-foot-1, 212-pounder also appears to be an excellent fit for head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s “Air Raid” offense. Do the Cardinals have a legitimate chance of beating the 49ers with McCoy leading the scoring attack?

This past Sunday, the 6-1 Dallas Cowboys were in a situation that’s very similar to the one that the Cards could be in versus San Francisco in Week 9. With first-string quarterback Dak Prescott nursing a strained calf, the Cowboys managed to emerge victorious with a signal-caller who was making his first pro start. Cooper Rush, a former undrafted free agent, threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns during a 20-16 road win over the Minnesota Vikings.

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More will be revealed about Murray’s status as the week drags on, and it needs to be stated that the Pro Bowler has not yet been ruled out of the clash with the Niners. The hope is that Murray will join his teammates on the playing field this weekend, but McCoy will not be a bad option for Arizona if he doesn’t.