Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray underwent ACL repair surgery Wednesday, and it’s unlikely he’ll return to center for the start of the 2023-24 season.
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury spoke to reporters and said quarterback Colt McCoy will be sidelined for the rest of the year with a concussion. He compared Murray’s situation to McCoy’s.
“It was tough,” Kingsbury said on ESPN of McCoy’s early end to the season. “He wanted to play, and he’s just in our situation with … probably not having Kyler start the year is the right thing to do.”
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Murray posted a photo after undergoing surgery, thanking everyone who has stood by him since he suffered his third-play injury against the New England Patriots in Week 14 at home. Murray decided to take off out of the pocket, and as he went to take out a defender, his knee buckled before he was hit.
The results of the MRI confirmed that the anterior cruciate ligament had been torn.
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“ACL surgery was successful, thanks for all the love and prayers,” Murray wrote on Twitter. “I appreciate the support and positivity more than I can express, I’ll be back.”
It’s been a rollercoaster season for a Cardinals team that had a playoff-capable roster after qualifying last season. But the offense, in particular, couldn’t find consistency. And many questions were thrown at Murray and Kingsbury as the offense struggled.
Last season, Murray passed for 3,787 yards with 24 touchdowns on 10 interceptions and rushed for 423 yards and five touchdowns en route to a 9-5 record as a starter. This season, Murray has thrown for 2,368 yards in 11 games with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He rushed for 418 yards and three touchdowns.
The Cardinals are at the bottom of the NFC with a 4-12 record.
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If the Cardinals lose to San Francisco this weekend, it would be their seventh straight loss.
But Murray isn’t going anywhere anytime soon for Arizona.
He signed a five-year, $230.5 million extension before the start of this season. The contract is one of the main reasons Murray’s play has been hyperanalyzed this season amid the team’s struggles.
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The Cardinals have a lot of questions to answer this offseason, but one thing they’ll be paying close attention to is Murray’s comeback given his heavy investment in the Oklahoma product.