Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray suffered an apparent leg injury late in the exciting Thursday Night Football game between the Cardinals and the Packers, which the Packers won 24-21.
Murray was attacked from behind in a run towards the end of the fourth quarter and his knees hit the grass as he came down. His right knee seemed to hit the ground first and hardest. Murray was able to get up and stay in the game, but two games later he threw an interception in the end zone that effectively ended the game.
#KylerMurray Injury to the left ankle when giving “1st down” affects the result. See how he does not step into the selected litter on the eversion sprain. (Recipient didn’t help him either). pic.twitter.com/4v7nynkxBW
– David J. Chao – ProFootballDoc (@ProFootballDoc) October 29, 2021
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Murray hobbled off the field alone after being intercepted.
There were no official reports of Murray’s injury or its severity, but Murray told reporters after the game (via Pro Football Talk) that he was “good”.
“The guy got involved with me, but otherwise it’s just unfortunate to lose like that,” Murray said, according to the PFT.
Professional football focus injury analyst Mario Pilato speculated that Murray may have suffered a left upper ankle sprain or a PCL sprain of his right knee.
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Only being able to watch slow motion playback for #Red Sea QB Kyler Murray. Two injuries are worrying. His L-foot is upside down, which is the mechanism for a high ankle sprain. His R knee slammed into the floor, which is the mechanism for a PCL sprain. Reports get interesting. #GBvsARI
– Mario Pilato (@PFF_Mario) October 29, 2021
If Murray has a PCL sprain, he could be out for a week or two if the injury is classified as Grade 1 or least severe. If the sprain is Grade 2, it could be out for two to four weeks.
Murray wasn’t the only cardinal struggling with injuries on Thursday night. Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins came into play with a hamstring injury; he walked in the first quarter and appeared to be working on the sideline on his hamstring. It was initially classified as questionable but returned in the third quarter. Running back Jonathan Ward collided with the Packers’ Kylin Hill in the third quarter and both players were carted off the field. Running back Chase Edmonds also left the field, but only for four minutes.
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The Cardinals now have 10 days to recover before facing the 49ers on Sunday November 7th.