Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is expected to recover from his ACL tear in six to eight months, putting him on track to be ready for the start of the 2023 season, league sources told ESPN.
It’s the best-case scenario for Murray, who picked up the injury in the third game of Monday night’s loss to the New England Patriots before being carted off the field and sobbing in the tunnel as he realized he’d suffered a serious injury .
Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said last week Murray is likely to have surgery sometime after Christmas once the swelling in his knee has gone down.
The injury could have been worse but doctors believe all of the other ligaments in Murray’s knee are intact, which sources say will not delay his recovery any longer than necessary.
“There’s a really good chance he’ll be ready in Week 1 next year,” a source familiar with Murray’s injury told ESPN.
The doctors’ initial plan would be for Murray to start training camp next year on the unfit list and then slowly ramp it up while the preseason comes with the realistic goal of being ready for the Cardinals’ regular season opener.
With Murray now out for this season, the Cardinals will turn to Colt McCoy, who stepped in earlier this season when Murray suffered a hamstring injury. The Cardinals like and believe in McCoy, who has a strong sense of offense and the universal respect of his teammates.
“I think the relationship with my teammates is better than ever,” Kingsbury said of McCoy last Thursday. “The respect they show him is overwhelming and he works hard. He’s a brilliant football mind and then he’s really good when he gets a chance to play. The ball goes in the right place (and) there .” gets out on time He’s earned the right to play in this league as long as he can actually operate and stay healthy.
“He could be a coach now if he wanted to. He would probably take my job easily. He has that kind of knowledge and that kind of command in the dressing room.”
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