Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Kyler Murray Expected Back for Week 10

The Arizona Cardinals should finally have their franchise passer back when they take the field against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10. Head coach Jonathan Gannon confirmed that if all goes well at practice this week, two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Kyler Murray will make his first start of the 2023 season.

Murray has been unavailable since tearing his ACL in a Week 14 loss to the New England Patriots during the 2022 season. He ended his year with career lows in net yards per attempt (5.24) and passing yards per game (215.3) while winning only three of his 11 starts.

The Cardinals made Murray one of the league's highest-paid quarterbacks following a breakout 2021 season that saw them finish 11-6 and reach the playoffs for the first time since 2015. Unfortunately, Murray's injury and ugly 2022 season have reportedly made the Cardinals question his place on the team.

At only 5'10" but with elite speed and elusiveness, Murray is an exciting and endearing novelty at the quarterback position, but he simply hasn't proven he can help a team play consistently winning football. The Cardinals are comfortably below .500 since drafting him first overall in 2019, and they've yet to finish better than 11th in scoring in any season he's led them as a passer.

Murray's performance over the second half of the season could go a long way to deciding his future with the Cardinals. They currently sit at 1-8, putting them square in contention for a high pick in a draft that reportedly features an elite quarterback class. Murray could be fighting for his job over the final eight games of the season.

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