Nov 21, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; 
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Colt McCoy (12) hands the ball off to Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) during the first half against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Colt McCoy directs NFL-best Cardinals to win over Seahawks

Colt McCoy, subbing for the injured Kyler Murray, threw two touchdown passes, both to tight end Zach Ertz, as the Arizona Cardinals defeated the host Seattle Seahawks 23-13 on Sunday in an NFC West matchup.

McCoy, who led the New York Giants to a 17-12 victory at Seattle last season as an injury replacement, completed 35 of 44 passes for 328 yards as the division-leading Cardinals (9-2) improved to 6-0 on the road.

James Conner, who had a game-high 62 yards rushing on 21 carries, scored on a 1-yard run with 2:20 remaining to help clinch the victory.

Russell Wilson, in his second game back after finger surgery, was 14 of 26 for 207 yards for the Seahawks (3-7), who dropped to 1-4 at home.

McCoy directed two long scoring drives in the first half, helping the Cardinals to a 13-6 lead.

On their first possession, they marched 82 yards in 16 plays, taking 9:27 off the clock. McCoy threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Ertz to cap the drive.

After a three-and-out on their second possession, McCoy guided a 13-play, 92-yard drive that lasted 6:31. On second-and-goal from the 2-yard line, McCoy fumbled a shotgun snap but calmly picked up the ball and hit Ertz on a slant pattern in the back of the end zone to make it 13-3.

Matt Prater missed the extra point and a 39-yard field goal on the final play of the half, but made a 53-yarder on Arizona’s first drive after the intermission to make it 16-6. He was wide left on a 36-yarder with 8:56 remaining.

On the next play, Wilson hit Tyler Lockett for a 48-yard gain and backup running back DeeJay Dallas did the rest. He gained seven yards on the ground, caught a 2-yard pass from Wilson, rushed around right end for 15 yards down to the 2 and scored on a blast up the middle to make it 16-13 with 7:05 left.

But McCoy engineered a 10-play, 67-yard scoring drive to put the Cardinals in control.

Seattle twice reached the red zone in the first half but had to settle for a pair of 27-yard field goals by Jason Myers.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) plays catch during pregame warmups against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray inactive vs. Seahawks

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray will miss his third consecutive contest after being ruled inactive for Sunday’s road game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Murray, who was listed as questionable, has been idle since sustaining a left ankle injury in a 24-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 28.

Colt McCoy will make his third straight start in place of Murray, who will be afforded two weeks to recover. Arizona (8-2) is on a bye next week before visiting the Chicago Bears on Dec. 5.

McCoy, 35, threw for 249 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals’ 31-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 7. He was limited to just 107 with an interception in a 34-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers last Sunday.

Murray, 24, has completed 72.7 percent of his passes for 2,276 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight starts this season. He has also rushed for 147 yards and three scores.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Murray needs 31 passing yards to reach 10,000 for his career.

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, running back Jonathan Ward, safety James Wiggins and offensive lineman Justin Pugh were also listed as inactive.

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Houston Texans in the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins remains out of practice

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was not spotted on the field by reporters for the open portion of Thursday’s practice.

Hopkins has missed two straight games due to his injured hamstring. The five-time Pro Bowl selection last appeared in a game on Oct. 28, recording two catches for 66 yards while being limited to just 15 snaps in Arizona’s 24-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Quarterback Kyler Murray was spotted on the field for the second straight day on Thursday after missing two games with an ankle injury. He was listed as limited in Wednesday’s session.

The Cardinals (8-2) visit the Seattle Seahawks (3-6) on Sunday before heading into the bye week.

Hopkins, 29, has recorded 35 receptions for 486 receiving yards and a team-leading seven touchdowns in eight games this season.

He has 782 catches for 10,495 yards and 67 touchdowns in 134 career games with the Houston Texans and Cardinals.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) yells "I'm back!" after scoring a rushing touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the first half at State Farm Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Network

‘I’m back!’ Cam Newton helps Panthers stun Cardinals

Cam Newton ran for a touchdown and threw for a score in his first game back with Carolina as the Panthers stunned the Arizona Cardinals 34-10 Sunday at Glendale, Ariz.

Starting quarterback P.J. Walker did much of the work for Carolina in the upset.

The Cardinals (8-2) had the best record in the league and one of the top defenses, but the Panthers scored 17 first-quarter points and were in control throughout the game.

Walker finished 22-for-29 for 167 yards, with an interception. Newton, who gained 14 yards on three carries, was 3-for-4 passing for 8 yards. Christian McCaffrey gained 95 rushing yards and 66 receiving yards for the Panthers (5-5).

Arizona, using backup quarterback Colt McCoy because of Kyler Murray’s ankle injury, was held to 169 yards of total offense. McCoy was 11-for-20 for 107 yards with an interception before leaving in the third quarter with an upper-body injury.

Newton signed with Carolina, which had made him the top pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, late in the week as a free agent. He was the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player with the Panthers before spending last season with the New England Patriots.

It seemed unlikely he would play with such a short preparation window as the Panthers sought to bolster the quarterback position. Starter Sam Darnold is out with a shoulder injury. Instead, Newton scored the game’s first points on a 2-yard run with 11:12 left in the first quarter.

He took off his helmet and screamed, “I’m back!”

Newton’s second touchdown came on a 2-yard pass to Robby Anderson later in the first quarter. Zane Gonzalez added field goals from 44, 48 and 49 yards as Carolina claimed a 23-0 halftime lead.

Matt Prater’s 47-yard field goal put Arizona on the board in the third quarter.

The Panthers were back in business when Chuba Hubbard ran 5 yards for a touchdown with 5:34 left in the third quarter and Walker tossed a two-point conversion pass.

James Conner scored the lone Arizona touchdown on an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter.

–Field Level Media

Sep 12, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Cards’ Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins game-time calls vs. Panthers

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins will be considered game-time decisions for this weekend’s home game against the Carolina Panthers, coach Kliff Kingsbury said Friday.

Both players sat out Arizona’s 31-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday due to their respective injuries.

Murray returned to practice on Friday after sustaining a left ankle injury in a 24-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 28.

Colt McCoy, 35, threw for 249 yards and a touchdown last week while filling in for the Cardinals (8-1).

Murray, 24, has completed 72.7 percent of his passes for 2,276 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight starts this season. He has also rushed for 147 yards and three scores.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Murray needs 31 passing yards to reach 10,000 for his career.

Unlike Murray, Hopkins did not practice on Friday as he deals with a hamstring injury.

Hopkins, 29, was limited to 15 snaps versus the Packers and finished with two catches for 66 yards.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection has recorded 35 receptions for 486 receiving yards and a team-leading seven touchdowns in eight games this season.

Hopkins has 782 catches for 10,495 yards and 67 touchdowns in 134 career games with the Houston Texans and Cardinals.

–Field Level Media

Cardinals' Kyler Murray (1) warms up with Deandre Hopkins (10) before a game against the Eagles at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Dec. 20, 2020.

Cardinals Vs Eagles

Cards’ Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins sit out practice

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins were not spotted on the field for the open portion of practice on Friday.

Murray missed practice on both Wednesday and Thursday due to a left ankle injury he sustained during last week’s 24-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury previously said Murray could play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers (3-4) even if he doesn’t practice all week. Colt McCoy, 35, would be under center should Murray be unable to play, however.

Murray, 24, has completed 72.7 percent of his passes for 2,276 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight starts this season for the Cardinals (7-1). He has also rushed for 147 yards and three scores.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Murray needs 31 passing yards to reach 10,000 for his career.

Like Murray, Hopkins also missed practice on both Wednesday and Thursday due to his hamstring injury.

Hopkins, 29, was limited to 15 snaps last week and finished with two catches for 66 yards against the Packers.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection has recorded team-leading totals in receptions (35), receiving yards (486) and touchdowns (seven) in eight games this season.

Hopkins has 782 catches for 10,495 yards and 67 touchdowns in 134 career games with the Houston Texans and Cardinals.

–Field Level Media

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) is introduced prior the first half against the Green Bay Packers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (ankle) misses practice Wednesday

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray sat out practice Wednesday with an injured left ankle.

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said Murray could play Sunday even if he doesn’t practice all week.

Murray, 24, left the stadium in a walking boot last Thursday night after injuring his ankle on Arizona’s final drive in a 24-21 loss to the visiting Green Bay Packers.

The Cardinals (7-1) look to bounce back from their first loss this Sunday at San Francisco (3-4).

Murray has completed 72.7 percent of his passes for 2,276 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight starts this season. He has also rushed for 147 yards and three scores.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Murray needs 31 passing yards to reach 10,000 for his career.

Veteran Colt McCoy, 35, is Murray’s backup.

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) forces Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills (10) to throw the ball away in the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

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Cardinals rule out J.J. Watt for TNF with shoulder injury

The Arizona Cardinals ruled out defensive end J.J. Watt for Thursday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

Arizona listed Watt as a non-participant all week due to a shoulder injury.

In his first season with the Cardinals after 10 years in Houston, Watt started the first seven games of the season and has recorded 16 tackles, 10 quarterback hits, one sack and one forced fumble.

He only played 30 defensive snaps in Week 7 against his former team, the Texans, before popping up on Arizona’s estimated injury report the next day.

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, like Watt, was marked down as “DNP” all week with a hamstring injury. Hopkins, however, is listed as questionable for Thursday night.

On Green Bay’s side, tackle Dennis Kelly (back) was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice but is doubtful for the game. Cornerback Kevin King (shoulder, back) and linebacker Preston Smith (oblique) are questionable.

The 7-0 Cardinals, the last undefeated team in the NFL, host the 6-1 Packers.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury before the Arizona Cardinals play against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury cleared to coach vs. Texans

Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury will be on the sideline for Sunday’s game against the visiting Houston Texans after clearing the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol.

Kingsbury tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 15 and missed the Cardinals’ 37-14 win over the Cleveland Browns two days later.

The 42-year-old Kingsbury, who is vaccinated, tested negative on Saturday and again Sunday morning. He has no symptoms.

Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said Friday that Arizona was prepared to play either with or without Kingsbury.

Kingsbury will look to guide the undefeated Cardinals (6-0) to another win on Sunday when they face the Texans (1-5), who have lost five in a row.

Three-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Chandler Jones and defensive linemen Corey Peters and Zach Allen remain on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

–Field Level Media

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones (55) looks towards the scoreboard during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings in Glendale, Ariz. Sept. 19, 2021.

Cardinals Vs Vikings

Cardinals LB Chandler Jones clears COVID protocols, could play Sunday

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones has cleared COVID-19 protocols and has not been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.

Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph informed media members Friday that the three-time Pro Bowl selection had progressed enough to become eligible to play, although he said the team wants to assess his fitness status before activating him in two days.

Joseph added that for that reason, Jones remains officially on the team’s reserve/COVID list along with defensive tackle Corey Peters and defensive end Zach Allen.

Jones, 31, was placed on the COVID list on Oct. 12 after a positive test and was forced to miss the Cardinals’ 37-14 win over the Cleveland Browns last Sunday. In two games this season, he has nine tackles and a team-high five sacks, all coming in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans.

A trio of linebackers are questionable for Sunday’s game after being limited practice participants: Jordan Hicks (toe, ankle), Devon Kennard (shoulder) and Tanner Vallejo (hand). Tight end Darrell Daniels (hamstring) and defensive lineman Rashard Lawrence (calf) were declared out for the Texans matchup.

–Field Level Media