NFL: Cardinals QB closer to comeback in Seattle

18 November 2021 22:16:58 GMTPlus11
Kliff Kingsbury is hopefuly Kyler Murray will return this weekend

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, who has missed the past two weeks because of an ankle injury, says he's closer than he thought he would be to returning against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Arizona are 19/10 to beat the 10/23 Seahawks in an important divisional battle that could see Seattle crash out of the playoff race altogether if they suffer a seventh loss of 2021.

Back in practice

Murray participated in the Cardinals' practice session on Wednesday, although coach Kliff Kingsbury stopped short of declaring his franchise QB as good to go this week.

"I liked how he was moving today," Kingsbury told reporters, noting that Murray was moving around better than when he participated on a limited basis last Friday.

Murray missed the first two games of his NFL career after suffering the ankle injury in a 24-21 defeat to the Green Bay Packers in late October.

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Backup Colt McCoy started in the subsequent win over the San Francisco 49ers, performing well, but the veteran former Washington and New York Giants triggerman couldn't generate much offense before exiting last week's 34-10 loss to Carolina with a pectoral strain.

'Pretty close'

Murray led the NFL in completion percentage (72.7) and passing yards per attempt (8.9) prior to his two-week hiatus, but knows he would be doing himself no favours by rushing back before his body is fully healthy.

"I'm pretty close," Murray said, via Darren Urban of the team's official website. "I'm much further along than I thought I was going to be."

McCoy was also limited in practice, as was safety Budda Baker (heel), while wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins - who has also sat out Arizona's last two games - did not practice at all because of his lingering hamstring injury.

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