Thursday, April 18, 2024

Kyler Murray back for Cardinals, no tank in 23

There’ll be no tanking for the Arizona Cardinals in 2023 as franchise QB Kyler Murray is set to return to the lineup in week 10.

Head Coach Jonathan Gannon has confirmed that barring any setbacks, Murray will be the Cardinals starting QB for the remainder of the season. It comes just days after rookie Clayton Tune had a very tough first outing as starter after Arizona traded Josh Dobbs to the Vikings.

Tune completed 11 of 20 passes for 58 yards, no scores and a pair of interceptions in an ugly 27-0 loss to the Cleveland Browns.


The move almost certainly rules the Cardinals out of the race for the number one pick. Arizona have been competitive in most of their games this season, and Murray represents a massive upgrade at the position. It may take a few weeks for Murray to get back to his best, as Gannon was quick to point out.

“We got to be willing to understand that it might not look like Kyler,” Gannon said. “And I think he’s got a good expectation of that. The coaches have a good expectation of that, but I know this: He’s going to come out there and play his game and help us win. If he’s out on the field, we feel good about him being healthy enough to play. Every team in the NFL’s banged up and we’ll put our best foot forward and get the right pieces in there and give ourselves a chance to win a game.”

“He’s excited to get back in in the huddle and assume a little bit of that leadership role being in the huddle as well,” Gannon said. “It’s fun to be around him at practice. He’s ultra competitive and wants to play football, but everything that he’s been doing up until this point to get himself ready to go both on and off the field, rehab, with the health stuff, with the mental stuff about playing quarterback, he’s far exceeded my expectations right now.”

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