Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray made the choice to reenter Sunday’s 18-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams early within the fourth quarter after lacking nearly 43 minutes of sport time. He gave Arizona a spark, however that shortly fizzled because the Cardinals’ missed the playoffs for the fifth straight season.
“I want I might have got here again earlier to attempt to make an affect faster,” Murray mentioned. “I wasn’t gonna go in if I might keep away from something or if I used to be hurting myself or hurting the staff by moving into as a result of I could not transfer, so I needed to let some issues kick in. After which as soon as I did, that is after I determined to go in.”
After Murray suffered a “fairly important” damage to his proper ankle on the 12:14 mark of the primary quarter on a sack by Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Morgan Fox, not often used backup Chris Streveler took over at quarterback and remained there till Kyler Murray reentered on the 14:24 mark of the fourth quarter, proper after the Rams kicked a area objective to go up 18-7.
His first 4 passes after being out went for 60 yards and moved the Arizona Cardinals to the Los Angeles Rams’ 19, however the drive stalled after Murray’s damage was evident on a run and a sack for negative-12 yards. Kicker Mike Nugent’s 37-yard area objective was blocked and the Arizona Cardinals by no means had one other shot at scoring.
“Clearly, I imply, I wasn’t one hundred pc however at that time within the sport, it actually did not matter,” Kyler Murray mentioned.
Murray mentioned he landed “in a clumsy place” when he suffered the damage. Replays confirmed Fox’s knee digging into Murray’s ankle.
“It is unlucky and the sport, clearly, performs out loads in a different way I really feel like,” he mentioned. “However it’s what it’s. That is the hand we bought dealt.”
Murray bought up limping and went straight to the locker room. He returned to the sphere, tried to stroll off the damage and was evaluated within the blue damage tent however walked again to the locker room. He returned to the sideline, had his left ankle retaped and tried to heat up however wasn’t snug sufficient to take the sphere till the fourth quarter. Murray hung out out and in of the locker room all through the primary half and early within the third quarter.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury, who described the damage as “fairly important,” mentioned Kyler Murray wasn’t capable of push off of it. The choice for Murray to return in “in the end” was Murray’s, Kingsbury mentioned.
“We made certain that he was in a spot the place we did not really feel like he might injure himself additional,” Kingsbury mentioned. “It began feeling higher and so he needed to go and provides it a attempt.”
Streveler threw a landing cross to working again Jonathan Ward on his first drive to present the Arizona Cardinals a 7-0 lead. He completed with 106 passing yards, a landing and an interception on 11-for-16 throwing together with 12 speeding yards on three carries. These have been the Arizona Cardinals’ solely factors, as they’d simply 55 yards within the first half, which ended with Arizona down 12-7.
Kingsbury mentioned the damage that Murray suffered Sunday was not the identical “decrease leg” damage that Murray suffered in final week’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers, and mentioned this week he was “feeling good.”
Kingsbury praised Murray for his toughness Sunday.
“You noticed when he bought again in, the spark he gave us and we have been capable of transfer the ball some,” Kingsbury mentioned. “Clearly, we weren’t capable of end like we wanted to however I used to be actually happy with him. That is gutty, particularly a man who makes use of his legs like he does.”