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Kyler Murray not at Friday practice, but could still play in Week 9

Murray could be a game-time decision for Week 9.

Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals prepares for a game against the Green Bay Packers at State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. Green Bay won 24-21. Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Friday AM update: The Cardinals have opened their final practice of Week 9 and Kyler Murray remains absent, per Darren Urban. Kliff Kingsbury has said Murray could play without practice, so he is likely to be a game-time decision.

Thursday UPDATE: Murray continues to not practice with his ankle injury, per Darren Urban. I would guess that they give him some work on Friday to see where he is with the ankle and go from there, but it continues to look like he’ll be a game-time decision even if he doesn’t practice Friday.

Wednesday UPDATE: Murray was not practicing on Wednesday, per Darren Urban. Coach Kliff Kingsbury did say that he feels comfortable with Murray not practicing and still playing if he’s healthy enough.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray hurt his ankle toward the end of their Week 8 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He said after the game it was fine, but head coach Kliff Kingsbury is going to makes sure he’s 100 percent before throwing him back out there, per Darren Urban.

Murray and the Cardinals travel to face the San Francisco 49ers in Week 9. The Cardinals beat the 49ers 17-10 back in Week 5, although San Francisco did a strong job containing Murray throughout the game. He threw for 239 yards and a touchdown but only managed one yard on seven carries. The Cardinals did enough, but this will be a gameplan to watch if Murray is limited in any way.

Colt McCoy is Murray’s backup and has extensive starting experience, particularly coming off the bench to replace an injured player.