Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray had to be ejected after the third game of the offense against the New England Patriots.
Running from his right pocket, Murray looked to throw an oncoming Patriots defender and after trying to make a cut, he immediately hit the grass and sustained a non-contact injury that seriously hurt him.
After being evaluated on the field, Murray was transported to the car, where his entire team consoled him as he placed a towel over his head in blatant disappointment.
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Colt McCoy is in the game. The team said Murray’s return was suspicious.
It’s been a bumpy season for the Cardinals who came into this game at 4-8. But if the franchise quarterback, who signed a five-year, $230 million extension prior to this season, is out for the season, he’ll definitely hit rock bottom.
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Murray’s reaction and the ESPN broadcast saying he cried after being taken off the field, this seems like a possible scenario.
This isn’t Murray’s first injury this season as he had to miss two games recently due to hamstring strain. But even on the field, Murray wasn’t his normal self.
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The former first-ever general pick was 3-7 as a starter in the year leading up to Monday night, scoring 14 goals and throwing 2,359 yards with seven interceptions. He also had a career-worst quarterback rating of 87.1.
All of the Cardinals’ struggles this season can’t be put on Murray’s shoulders, as fingers can point in multiple directions. Still, Murray and head coach Kliff Kingsbury received much of the criticism from fans, as the Cardinals gave him a lucrative extension.
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Murray hasn’t played a full season since his sophomore campaign in 2020; He threw for 3,971 yards with 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and 11 quick scores.