Sources: Docs project Kyler will be ready for ’23
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Adam SchefterESPN Senior Writer
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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is projected to be able to recover from his torn ACL in six to eight months, putting him on track to be ready for the start of the 2023 season, league sources told ESPN.
This is the best-case scenario for Murray, who suffered the injury on the third play of Monday night’s loss to the New England Patriots, before being carted off the field and sobbing in the tunnel with the realization that he had suffered a significant injury.
Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said this past week that Murray likely will undergo surgery some time after Christmas, once the swelling in his knee goes down.
The injury could have been worse, but doctors believe all the other ligaments in Murray’s knee are intact, which will not delay his recovery any longer than it has to be, according to sources.
“There’s a really good chance he’s ready by Week 1 next year,” one source familiar with Murray’s injury told ESPN.
Doctors’ initial plan would be for Murray to open training camp next year on the Physically Unable to Perform list, and then slowly ramp him up as the preseason goes along with the realistic goal of being ready on the Cardinals’ regular-season opener.
With Murray now out for this season, the Cardinals will turn to Colt McCoy, who filled in earlier this season when Murray was nursing a hamstring injury. McCoy is loved by the Cardinals. He has a solid grasp of offense and is respected by all his teammates.
“I think the rapport with teammates is as good as I’ve ever seen,” Kingsbury said this past Thursday about McCoy. He puts in the effort and has a tremendous respect for him. He is a brilliant football thinker and then he is really great when he gets to play. The ball is always in the right place and it goes out on time. He has the right to participate in this league, as long as he is able to operate and stay healthy.
“He could be a coach if he wanted to right now. He would probably accept my job. He has that kind of knowledge and that kind of command in the locker area. “
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