Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray's ankle is improving, status for Sunday remains uncertain

Tyler Dragon
USA TODAY Sports+

Kyler Murray missed a regular-season game for the first time in his career last week. He’s hoping that will be the only time.

The Arizona Cardinals quarterback is working hard to return this week from an ankle injury.

Murray’s ankle is improving and he wants to be available when the Cardinals host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at State Farm Stadium, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports+. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) drops back to attempt a pass during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on Sept. 26, 2021

The Cardinals remain cautious with Murray, the person said. Arizona wants to do what's best for the quarterback long term, so the team wants to see how Murray's ankle responds to rehab and treatment this week before making a final decision about Sunday's game.

If Murray is unable to go, quarterback Colt McCoy will make his second straight start.

Murray injured his ankle during the team’s Week 8 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He was inactive during Arizona’s 31-17 road win over the San Francisco 49ers.  

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Prior to injuring his ankle, the third-year quarterback played some of the best football of his career. He’s registered 2,276 passing yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions, resulting in a 110.4 passer rating this season. His passer rating is the third best among quarterbacks with at least five starts.

The Cardinals have the second ranked scoring offense in the NFL and have the league’s fifth ranked total offense.

Cardinals (8-1) also have the NFL’s best record. They are tied for their best start in franchise history through nine games.

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