Cardinals Joshua Dobbs to start in Week 9, Kyler Murray status day-to-day, Jonathan Gannon says
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyle Murray will not start in Week 9 as he continues to recover from injury.
In a surprising turn of events, Kyle Murray's return to the field will be delayed once again. After the Arizona Cardinals' disappointing loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 8, head coach Jonathan Gannon confirmed that Joshua Dobbs, who has been filling in for the injured Murray this season, will continue to start for the team in Week 9 against the Cleveland Browns.
Murray has been back in practice with the Cardinals after being cleared to participate earlier this month. The former No. 1 overall pick, who suffered a torn ACL in Week 14 of the previous season, was a full participant in practice last Wednesday. However, he was subsequently not listed on the injury report for the rest of the week, indicating that he is fully recovered. Despite this, the team still listed him as doubtful for the Week 8 game, and it seems they will err on the side of caution and keep him sidelined for at least one more week.
When asked about Murray's potential return in Week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons, Gannon responded with uncertainty, stating, "We'll see. Day-to-day, guys."
This situation raises some questions. If Murray is indeed healthy, as the injury report suggests, why wouldn't the Cardinals play him? Additionally, Dobbs' performance has declined after a strong start to the season. In the loss to the Ravens, he completed 25 of 37 passes for only 207 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. If Dobbs had been excelling, it would make sense for the Cardinals to give Murray more time to recover. However, with the team's record at 1-7 and in desperate need of a boost, it seems logical to reintegrate Murray into the offense and hope for a spark in what has been a disappointing season so far.
With the NFL trade deadline approaching on Tuesday, Gannon's comments have sparked speculation about the possibility of Murray being traded away from Arizona. While this scenario is unlikely, it does raise questions about Murray's future beyond his imminent return, especially with the Cardinals potentially securing a top-five draft pick in a year that features two highly touted quarterback prospects.