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

Nov 14, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Colt McCoy (12) looks to pass the ball during the first half against the Carolina Panthers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Colt McCoy to start for Cardinals at Seattle

Kyler Murray is not expected to play Sunday with the Arizona Cardinals prepared to start quarterback Colt McCoy for a third consecutive game, according to reports.

McCoy was injured last week but his pectoral strain didn’t keep him out of practice as Arizona (8-2) prepared for its trip to Seattle (3-6).

Murray has not played this month and was limited in practice by an ankle injury. Sitting him for a third consecutive game, coupled with a bye in Week 12, would give the Cardinals a full month to rest their MVP candidate.

It marks the third straight week in which Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury has viewed the star quarterback as a game-day decision. Murray was injured during a loss to the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 28.

“He definitely progressed,” Kingsbury said. “So we want to make sure that he’s in a place where he can play his game, protect himself and do all the things, and if he can, he’ll be out there.”

Murray has struggled to rediscover “the acceleration stuff that really makes him who he is at times,” according to Kingsbury.

“He’s got to be able to use that to get away, escape trouble, the things that he does naturally and instinctively,” Kingsbury said. “So we’re still trying to get to that point.”

Murray was a leading MVP candidate before the injury. He has completed an NFL-best 72.7 percent of his passes for 2,276 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions and also has rushed for three scores.

“We’d love to have Kyler,” rookie wideout Rondale Moore said. “We love Colt. Whoever is back there, I think the plan stays the same.”

The Cardinals are 1-1 with McCoy as the starter. He has completed 33 of 46 passes for 356 yards with one TD and one interception.

–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

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

Aug 20, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) drops back to pass during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Titans defense has something to prove vs. Kyler Murray, Cardinals

If the Tennessee Titans are to become the team they aspire to be, then their defense has to make dramatic improvements from last year.

Their first chance to show they are a better team on defense occurs Sunday when they open the season by hosting the Arizona Cardinals and explosive quarterback Kyler Murray in Nashville.

“You have a lot of youth on the field, guys who are hungry and want to make an impact early on,” Tennessee linebacker Rashaan Evans said. “And then you have older guys who have been in the game and made big plays. Both of those dynamics can make you very dangerous.”

For most of 2020, the Titans’ defense was dangerous only to the health of their fans. They ranked 29th in passing yards allowed per game at 277.4, 28th in total yards allowed per game with 398.3 and 24th in points per game at 27.4.

A major reason for that was their terrible defense on third down. Opponents converted a whopping 51.9 percent on the money down, the worst in the NFL. And that required a late defensive stand to get down to that level; opponents were above 60 percent halfway through the season.

Much has been made of Tennessee’s bold trade for Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones, but the Titans spent a lot of money to repair their defense. They gave linebacker Bud Dupree $82 million to leave Pittsburgh and shore up a putrid pass rush, then shelled out $21.5 million on defensive end Denico Autry and another $15 million on veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

As good as Tennessee’s offense should be, it will be the play of its defense that determines whether they can live out their Super Bowl dreams. The first challenge is Murray, who threw for 3,971 yards and rushed for 819 last year, accounting for 37 touchdowns and nearly leading Arizona to the playoffs in his second season.

“He is a dangerous and dynamic athlete,” Titans safety Kevin Byard said of Murray. “Not only can he run, but he can make all the throws as well. He is just a dynamic player, a guy we are going to have to contain for sure.”

Meanwhile, Murray and the Cardinals hope to show they are playoff material. They could have reached the postseason last year with a Week 17 win at the Los Angeles Rams, but Murray left with a first quarter injury and the offense fizzled in an 18-7 defeat.

One way for Arizona to do that is to make a statement on defense. The addition of J.J. Watt from the Houston Texans should immediately improve the pass rush, but it will take more than Watt to contain Tennessee’s potent running game.

The presence of Jones and fellow receiver A.J. Brown aside, Derrick Henry is the engine of the Titans offense. Henry owns consecutive NFL rushing titles for a reason. The Titans are committed to the running game, and Henry usually gets better as a game goes along.

Young Cardinals defensive linemen such as like Zach Allen, Michael Dogbe, Rashard Lawrence and Leki Fotu have no choice but to show that they can be solid pros against Tennessee.

“We are tired of being called young guys, with young-guy mistakes,” Allen said. “This is our time now.”

Arizona owns a 7-4 lead in the all-time series, including a 12-7 victory in the teams’ last meeting in December 2017.

–Field Level Media