Kliff Kingsbury: Kyler Murray is sore, so extra rest will be good for him

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Kyler Murray limped off the field after his interception in the waning seconds Thursday, and he wore a walking boot on his left leg as he left the stadium.

Despite the quarterback’s declaration that he’s “good,” Murray needs the mini-bye that comes after playing on a Thursday night.

“I know he was sore today,” Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said Friday, via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN. “Hopefully, the next two or three days off will be good for him. We’ll see where he’s at next week.”

Murray, who is in his third season since the Cardinals made him the No. 1 overall choice, has never missed a game.

He completed 22 of 33 passes for 274 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas, who was with the Cardinals earlier this season, picked Murray in the end zone with 12 seconds left when receiver A.J. Green never turned around or looked for the ball.

General Manager Steve Keim called the miscommunication a “learning lesson.”

“A.J. Green is an absolute, consummate professional,” Keim said Friday on 98.7 Arizona’s Sports Station, via Darren Urban of the team website. “Whether it was him or Kyler or miscommunication, the bottom line is those guys have been exceptional pros and great players. They are going to get that fixed. To me, it’s a learning lesson. There is nobody who is going to be harder on A.J. Green or Kyler than themselves. . . . I have too much respect for those guys to point fingers.”

11 responses to “Kliff Kingsbury: Kyler Murray is sore, so extra rest will be good for him

  1. It’s an easy fix. I’m sure it’s already fixed. No worries. Green is still new to the team. Just ironing out a couple wrinkles. Green will pay big dividends by the end of the season. If A.J. Green is your biggest problem, then you really don’t have any problems. Tell me again the last time a team went undefeated. 1972? There have been 50 super bowl winners since then, and none have gone undefeated. Like I said, no worries.

  2. Green didn’t look or act right all night long. He was calling for a sub. He looked gassed. Something was wrong with that guy.

  3. Hell of a game. Insane ending. We may have just seen the NFC Championship preview game.

  4. You don’t need a walking boot for “a little bit sore”. Clearly an injury that likely will not be reported until required to by rule. Couldn’t ask for better timing though. End of the game before bye week.

  5. You don’t need a walking boot for “a little bit sore”. Clearly an injury that likely will not be reported until required to by rule. Couldn’t ask for better timing though. End of the game before mini bye week.

  6. A walking boot is a smart choice. 3 days in it will help a lot. I played 8 years of football on a bad ankle. After every game, I wore a wrap (and sometimes a cane) for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Never missed a game. 3 days in a wrap is like a week of walking. I bet a boot is better. Tech has improved in 40 years.

  7. stellarperformance says:
    October 30, 2021 at 12:26 am
    Green didn’t look or act right all night long. He was calling for a sub. He looked gassed. Something was wrong with that guy.
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    Good point. The announcers brought that up earlier in the game, but I haven’t heard anyone put the two things together, until you just did.

  8. Both of these teams have big injury issues coming out of this game. I’d be surprised if they meet again in the NFC championship. More likely they meet in the first round given their schedules the rest of the way. Bucs have the easiest path to the one seed but the Rams have the tie breaker, so if they can win the rematch with the Cards they may get the bye.

  9. Boots are usually for injured Achilles or calves. I’ve worn them and JT takes the pressure off the injury. Smart move but it does indicate what the injury is.

  10. This was a statement game for Arizona , a chance to show the NFL that they arrived as legit contenders .Instead they struggled yet still had a chance to win it and they blew it . Now with Murray’s injury along with Watt and others it’s going to be interesting to see if they can put this behind them and return to the form that had Murray in the MVP discussion and the team looking like legit contenders for the SB .

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