GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Cardinals lost starting quarterback Kyler Murray on the third play of Monday night’s game against the Patriots.
The team initially ruled Murray as questionable to return with a knee injury, but downgraded him to out at the end of the first quarter.
“Tough to see a player like Murray get hurt,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said after his team’s 27-13 win. “I hope he’s OK.”
With the ball on Arizona’s 41-yard line, Murray scrambled 3 yards and tried to juke Patriots outside linebacker Matthew Judon before stumbling without being touched. He immediately laid on his back, while Judon motioned for assistance from the Cardinals’ sideline.
Medical staff ran out onto the field to examine Murray, as players from both teams kneeled around him. Moments later, staffers carted Murray to the locker room.
“You never want to see it,” Judon said. “I’m praying for him.”
Colt McCoy, who started in Weeks 10 and 11 when Murray was sidelined with a hamstring injury, entered the game. And he may be tapped to step in once more.
ESPN reported during the game that Murray will have an MRI on Tuesday, but that a source told the outlet there is “little doubt” that Murray suffered a torn ACL.
Cardinals QB Kyler Murray is expected to have an MRI tomorrow but there is "little doubt that it’s torn," a source told me, referring to the quarterback's ACL.— Josh Weinfuss (@joshweinfuss) December 13, 2022
Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury summed it up briefly after the game: “Doesn’t look good.”
If it is indeed a torn ACL, Murray could be out until at least the start of the 2023 season.
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