Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray went down on the team’s first drive with a troubling non-contact injury, which could signal a ligament tear.
UPDATE: Kyler Murray has been ruled out for the remainder of the Week 14 game versus the New England Patriots, per Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
In the NFL, it can be more terrifying to go down on a non-contact injury rather than being knocked down on a big hit, only because players aren’t usually supposed to fall without being tackled.
When they do, it can be a telltale sign of one of the trickiest injuries in professional football: a season-ending ligament tear.
That’s why when Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray fell to the ground without being tackled, NFL media and fans were immediately concerned by the circumstances.
Fortunately, New England Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon signaled for medical assistance when his opponent went down, meaning that both sides immediately grasped the severity of Murray’s injury.
The Manning brothers also understood what Murray’s injury meant as two seasoned quarterbacks themselves, expressing immediate concern after Murray went down.
“He just went down funny right there, Peyton,” Eli said as Peyton grimaced.
Everything we know about the Kyler Murray non-contact injury during MNF
Per the MNF broadcast on ESPN, the Cardinals have said that Murray suffered a knee injury and is questionable to return at the moment.
Murray covered his head with a towel and was reportedly sobbing as he was taken to the locker room, a heartbreaking development in what this could mean for the Cardinals.
Monday Night Football viewers are likely to get a more detailed report by halftime, but in the meantime, Cardinals backup quarterback Colt McCoy is under center. Unsurprisingly, the Cardinals have leaned on running back James Conner in the absence of Murray, a dual-threat quarterback renowned for his scrambling ability.
Unfortunately for quarterbacks, there’s a risk on every decision in and inside of the pocket. Quarterbacks can endure painful sacks if unprotected in the pocket, but there’s also risk on scrambling outside of it. There’s even risk on sliding at the wrong angle or falling the wrong way, but hopefully, Murray’s injury is one that will heal soon enough.
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