Kliff Kingsbury is hopeful Kyler Murray can play in the Arizona Cardinals’ pivotal Week 17 encounter with the Los Angeles Rams but will not risk him if he cannot play at a high level.
Quarterback Murray suffered a lower leg injury on his final pass attempt as the Cardinals’ playoff hopes were dealt a blow with a 20-12 defeat to the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday.
A win for the Cardinals in Week 17 will seal their place in the postseason for the first time since the 2015 season.
But they could be without 2019’s first overall pick and Offensive Rookie of the Year against a Rams team also needing a victory to seal a postseason berth.
“We’ll see how he feels,” Cardinals coach Kingsbury said on 98.7 Arizona Sports Station.
“We’re not going to put him out there if he can’t play at a high level and doesn’t feel safe to play. But we’ll just have to see how he progresses.”
Kingsbury was asked if the dual-threat quarterback could cope with having to curb his tendency to escape the pocket and make plays with his legs.
“If that’s how he’s got to play, if he has to adjust his style, he can definitely play from the pocket and try to lead us in that way,” Kingsbury added.
Kingsbury would not commit to naming Murray’s replacement if he is unable to play, with Chris Streveler the backup and Brett Hundley the third-string signal-caller.
“We’ll cross that bridge if that comes up,” he said. “We’ll see, organisationally, who would be a better fit at that time.”