Kyler Murray Injury: On Christmas Eve, the Arizona Cardinals may be without their starting quarterback when they play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Kyler Murray seemed to sustain a significant knee injury against the New England Patriots on Monday night, seriously jeopardizing his availability for the Cards’ Week 16 game against the Buccaneers.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the initial worry is an ACL tear, but additional tests this week will help make a more specific diagnosis.
Seasoned backup Colt McCoy replaced Murray on Monday night, and if Murray cannot play against the Buccaneers, McCoy is expected to start for Arizona.
Who Is Kyler Murray?
Kevin Murray and Misun Henderson welcomed Murray into Bedford, Texas. In Allen, Texas, he graduated from Allen High School. He was Mr. Texas Football twice as a senior in 2014, winning the Gatorade Football Player of the Year award.
His squad won 43 straight games and three straight state championships. During this run, he only missed one game and concluded his career as a starting quarterback with a perfect 42-0 record.
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According to ESPN, Scout.com, and 247Sports, Murray is the top dual-threat quarterback in his class and a five-star prospect. He committed to Texas A&M University in May 2014 to play baseball and football there. On February 4, 2015, he signed a contract with them.
How Did Kyler Murray Start His Career?
As a true freshman, Murray faced off against Kyle Allen for the starting quarterback job in 2015. Allen was given the position, and Murray served as a backup (primarily on plays involving the wildcat formation).
Before the squad’s match against South Carolina, the competition was reopened after the team had dropped two straight games in October, and Murray was declared the winner.
In their first career starts, Murray and Cam Newton are the only Southeastern Conference quarterbacks to gain over 100 yards passing and rushing, including a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown.
Murray threw for 223 yards and rushed for 156 yards, with a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown. The following game, against Auburn, Murray made his second start and threw for 105 yards with three interceptions while also rushing for 37 yards in the 26-10 defeat.
The following week, he played against Western Carolina and bounced back from his prior performance, throwing for 191 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions while rushing for 50 yards in the 41-17 rout. Murray missed the remainder of the season after Allen was designated the starting quarterback following the game.