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Cardinals star Kyler Murray optimistic about playing vs. Panthers

The Arizona Cardinals are off to a promising start to the 2021 season, leading the NFC behind an 8-1 record.

However, star quarterback Kyler Murray is working through an ankle injury that has hampered him over the last couple of weeks. Murray missed last Sunday’s 31-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

The 24-year-old didn’t practice on Wednesday, but the team decided to hold a walk-through instead. However, it marked the fourth straight practice he’s missed.


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Despite that, Murray voiced that his ankle is steadily improving while holding optimism he will play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

“I think it’s day by day,” Murray said Wednesday via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN. “We’ve got a great plan. I feel way better than I did when I talked to you last time, so, I think that’s a plus and I’m excited.”

The Cardinals will monitor the situation closely, as Murray is the key piece to the team’s push toward the playoffs and much further. Arizona holds the lead in the NFC West over the Los Angeles Rams, who possess a 7-2 record.

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The Cardinals currently have the tiebreaker over the Rams after the convincing 37-20 win on Oct. 3. The team will allow Murray to work his way back into the fold but won’t rush him.

Arizona is more than comfortable going with backup Colt McCoy for another spot start. McCoy performed well against the 49ers, completing 22-of-26 passes for 249 yards with a touchdown and a 119.4 passer rating.

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