Cardinals likely turning to Colt McCoy vs. Seahawks with Kyler Murray still recovering

The Arizona Cardinals will likely go their third-consecutive game without quarterback Kyler Murray.

Kyler Murray has not suited up for the Arizona Cardinals since suffering their first loss of the season in Week 8. That was due to him picking up an ankle injury against the Green Bay Packers. He has missed the past two weeks due to it, but participated in the open portions of practice this week. But will Murray play on Sunday?

According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Cardinals are not expected to make any decisions regarding Murray’s status until pre-game warmups. However, signs are pointing to veteran backup Colt McCoy getting the start against the rival Seattle Seahawks.

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Resting Murray for one more week does makes sense, considering the Cardinals are on a bye following their game against the Seahawks. That gives Murray more time to heal up and get ready for Week 13 against the Chicago Bears.

McCoy was solid in his first start of the 2021 season when facing the San Francisco 49ers. The veteran completed 22-of-26 of his throws for 249 yards and a touchdown in the 31-17 win. But McCoy and the Cardinals as a whole struggled against the Carolina Panthers. McCoy recorded 107 passing yards and threw one interception while completing 11-of-20 of his passes.

This Sunday, not only will the Cardinals will be without Murray, but also star receiver DeAndre Hopkins. The wideout missed the previous two games with a hamstring injury and was ruled out for the Seahawks game by head coach Kliff Kingsbury on Friday.

Even without Murray and Hopkins, McCoy and Arizona’s offense can thrive, as Seattle has given up an average of 400.6 total yards per game, the second-most in the NFL.