Kyler Murray Injury Update: When Will QB Be Back And Return To Cardinals?

Written By Matt Burke | Last Updated
Kyler Murray When Will Be Back Return Injury Update

Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray has been a fantasy football darling in recent seasons due to his dual threat capabilities. An ACL injury, however, and questions regarding maturity have Murray at a crossroads in his career. Nonetheless, many fantasy owners looking for a QB may be asking this time of year about Murray’s status. Below we will answer the question as to when will Kyler Murray return and be back on the field for the Cardinals. Included will be a timeline on Murray’s recovery.

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When will Kyler Murray return and be back on the field for the Cardinals?

Update: The Cardinals designated QB Kyler Murray to return from IR on October 18. It opens up a 21-day practice window for the quarterback. The most likely return game for Murray is November 12 against the Falcons. Arizona benched Joshua Dobbs this past Sunday and it is likely that they insert Murray under center this coming weekend.

We will answer the question as to when will Kyler Murray return and be back on the field for the Cardinals below. Given that Murray tore his right ACL so late in last season, it is highly unlikely that he will be able to play Week 1 against the Commanders. Murray, will, in fact miss at least the first four games of the Cardinals’ season as he will begin the campaign on the PUP list. With the team in full rebuild mode, the Cardinals are taking it slow with Murray.

The general rule of thumb for an ACL recovery is eight to nine months. Murray injured his knee on Monday Night Football against the Patriots back on December 12 of last year. The Cardinals QB did not have surgery until January 3 of this year. It will be 8 months and 29 days since the injury on September 10, which is the date of the Cardinals first regular season game.

Here is a look at the most likely return dates for when Murray could return.

  • Week 10 November 12: Falcons vs. Cardinals
  • Week 11 November 19: Cardinals vs. Texans

Cardinals GM Monti Ossenfort provided an update to The Athletic regarding Murray’s rehab in early August.

“He’s attacking his rehab,” Ossenfort said. “He’s doing everything. He’s doing the stuff he can do on the field with the trainers. He’s progressing. He’s jumped. He’s been all in on rehab. 

“We’ll figure out what he can handle from there both mentally and physically,” Ossenfort added. “We’re a long way away from knowing exactly what that is going to look like until we can actually get him on the practice field. We’re anxiously awaiting when that is going to happen, but we’re also not rushing it. We’re going to be smart about it.”

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