Kyler Murray may have been an MVP front-runner during the Cardinals‘ 7-0 start this season, but since then, availability — let alone MVP production — has been hard to come by for the star quarterback. Listed as questionable ahead of Sunday’s divisional showdown with the Seahawks, Murray is not expected to suit up until after Arizona’s Week 12 bye, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Still recovering from a high-ankle sprain suffered against the Packers back in Week 8, the Pro Bowler “wants to play” against Seattle but is slated to sit in place of veteran backup Colt McCoy for a third straight game.
The Cardinals have gone 1-1 in Murray’s absence to this point, with McCoy helping lead a 31-17 victory over the 49ers in Week 9 but struggling in a 34-10 loss to the Panthers in Week 10. Murray, meanwhile, hasn’t delivered a winning performance for Arizona since Oct. 24, when the Cardinals routed the Texans, 31-5. He’s not officially been ruled out early for Arizona’s contests since then, always reportedly preparing to be a game-time decision, but high-ankle sprains have typically required weeks of rehab.
The Cardinals (8-2) will look to remain atop the NFC West against Seattle (3-6) on Sunday. The Seahawks, meanwhile, are looking to rebound from a shutout loss to the Packers while staying alive in the wild card race.