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Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury holding out hope Kyler Murray can play Week 17

Following the discouraging Week 16 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Arizona Cardinals’ playoff hopes remain on the line.

As the Cardinals head into the regular-season finale against the LA Rams, they may do it without star quarterback Kyler Murray. According to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk, head coach Kliff Kingsbury voiced on Monday that he’s hopeful that Murray can play through a lower leg injury.

“We’ll see how he feels this week. I’m hopeful that he can be in position to play and do what he does,” Kingsbury said, via Josh Weinfuss of

Murray suffered the injury during last past during last Saturday’s game against the 49ers. The second-year quarterback avoided significant injury, but there remains a lingering concern. Since entering the league, he hasn’t missed a game and has shown strong durability.

The Cardinals will likely monitor Murray throughout the week to get a better assessment of his health. His status should have a clearer picture by the end of the week. Arizona is hoping to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2015.

Kingsbury has already voiced that Chris Streveler is the backup to Murray but stopped short of confirming he would start over Brett Hundley if the Oklahoma product can’t play.

The Rams are also dealing with injury issues as former Pro Bowl quarterback Jared Goff is out for Week 17 due to a broken thumb. Goff underwent surgery to repair the injury on Monday, which has set the table for John Wolford to make his first NFL game appearance.


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