Kyler Murray is the game time decision, DeAndre Hopkins at the Seahawks
Kyler Murray will be a decision during the game, and DeAndre Hopkins will be out for the Cardinals’ NFC West Division game against the Seattle Seahawks (3-6) on Sunday.
Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury told reporters on Friday they would wait to see how Murray’s ankle felt during the pre-game warm-ups, and his acceleration is still a problem despite his progress.
“He’s pretty close to it, but just the acceleration stuff that really makes him what he sometimes is,” Kingsbury said. “He has to be able to use it to escape, to escape, to have issues with what he does naturally and instinctively, so we always try to get to that.”
Kingsbury also raised the risk of Murray injuring his ankle again. Murray injured his ankle during the Cardinals’ last fourth quarter practice in their 24-21 home loss to the Green Bay Packers on October 28.
“If he can’t get away with what he used to do, then you don’t want to endanger him,” Kingsbury said.
Hopkins has been out of training since October 25 due to his hamstring injury. Kingsbury said wide Hopkins “has a chance to come back” in action after his pass next week.
Murray was in training for the fourth straight day since returning on November 12. He threw assists alongside alternate quarterbacks Colt McCoy, who has suffered from chest tension since the Cardinals’ 8-2 loss to the Carolina Panthers last Sunday, and Chris Streveler.
Sunday’s game will be the third in a row Murray has been deemed questionable since Nov. 7 against the San Francisco 49ers. The Cardinals-Seahawks game will be Hopkins’ third straight game he will miss.
Kingsbury also said safety Budda Baker will play on Sunday after missing their practices on Thursday and Friday due to his heel injury.
Left guard Justin Pugh will likely be out on Sunday, and offensive lineman Max Garcia “has a chance to go” in Seattle, Kingsbury said.
Kingsbury told reporters on Monday he would like at least Garcia or Pugh to be back on Sunday.
Phillips explains defense against Panthers, Seahawks
The Cardinals’ defense struggled to stop the run in their 34-10 home loss to the Carolina Panthers last Sunday.
Even as they allowed the 166 rushing yards and 13 first downs, the second worst of their season, Cardinals defensive tackle Jordan Phillips doesn’t surprisingly think their rushing defense has been terrible.
“It’s not really a rebound. Honestly, we didn’t play that badly. “It’s a defense where everyone has to do their job every game or you’ll see stuff like that. They weren’t people playing badly. We played extremely hard. We have a good squad and I hope we fixed these issues. “
The Cardinals must be wondering how to stop the Seahawks’ power-run style offense.
Arizona could have one less threat after second Seattle forward Chris Carson was placed on the injured list on Friday before undergoing season-ending neck surgery, per Ian Rapaport of the NFL Network.
In addition, their quarterback Russell Wilson is still healing his right finger injury following his comeback last Sunday against the Pakers and has been training hard all week.
However, Phillips is unsure if Wilson’s throws will be limited or if they will rely on their running game after he has been out for four games since his injury occurred in their loss to Los Angeles. October 7.
“We’ll just have to see because of his hand. You never know what’s going on, what they’re thinking. They might not protect him, maybe not, but we’ll be ready anyway,” Phillips said. .
“I don’t think throwing the ball to them will be a problem. Of course it will be a test. But if everyone’s in the gap and everyone is playing hard, we should be able to stop them.”
Thanksgiving Week Cardinals Annual Charity Dinner
The Cardinals have partnered with the Phoenix Rescue Mission again to host their 19th annual “Feed The Hungry” charity dinner focused on Thanksgiving for residents on Monday from 5 to 7 pm.
The event will be held at the Changing Lives Center for Women and Children at 338 North 15th Avenue in Phoenix, feeding those suffering from hunger, homelessness, addiction and trauma.
Thanks to the donation from the TW Lewis Foundation, clients of the Changing Lives Center for Women & Children and the Transforming Lives Center for Men will be treated to a devotional, prayer and restaurant-style meal by former Cardinals players Michael Bankston, Rick Cunningham, Derek Kennard and Patrick Hunter, representatives of the team and his mascot Big Red.
“The Arizona Cardinals have been generous enough to host this special event for our residents since 2003 and we couldn’t be more grateful,” Ken Brissa, CEO of Phoenix Rescue Mission, said in a statement.
“The holidays can be a tough time of year for our residents, but this dinner always manages to make them smile and give them a sense of community, family and hope that they may not have known. since a long time. “
Prater playing against the Seahawks after the child is born
Veteran Cardinals kicker and Cardinals second-leading scorer Matt Prater won’t take a brief paternity leave during their Sunday game.
Prater plans to play against the Seahawks after the birth of his daughter, Kingsbury said.
Prater and his wife Kati welcomed their fourth child, baby girl Kit Kinsley Prater, on Wednesday.
Injury report, game status
In addition to Baker, Hopkins and Pugh, Cardinals absent from Friday’s practice include linebacker Tanner Vallejo (knee) and running back Jonathan Ward (concussion). These last four players will not play for the Seahawks.
Murray, Baker, Garcia, defensive lineman Corey Peters and James Wiggins have been restricted in training and are listed as questionable for Sunday. Colt McCoy participated fully and is also questionable. RB Eno Benjamin (groin), tight end Darrell Daniels (shoulder) and DL Michael Dogbe (knee) performed full training.
The Seahawks who did not practice were S Jamal Adams (groin), tackle Jamarco Jones (back) and cornerback DJ Reed (groin / knee). They are questionable for Sunday, as well as LB Cody Barton (quadricep) and defensive end Kerry Hyder (calf) who were limited on Friday.
Other limited Seahawks were tackles Duane Brown (hip) and wide receiver DK Metcalf (foot). Full participants were RB Alex Collins (groin), TE Gerald Everett (groin), guard Damien Lewis (shoulder / hip) and S Ryan Neal (concussion).
Support local journalism. Start your subscription online today.