Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is hoping he will recover in time from his sprained left ankle to play against the Carolina Panthers this Sunday. Murray didn't.practice on Wednesday but said he's been improving daily.
"I think it's day by day," Murray said on Wednesday, per ESPN. "I think we've got a great plan. I feel way better than I did when I talked to you last time, so, I think that's a plus and I'm excited.
"I think I made crazy strides as far as in a positive direction since it happened." Murray was doing everything he could to play against the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday but he didn't make it. "My operation before the game, I didn't really know what I was doing," Murray said.
"It was different. I kind of pride myself on not missing games. I can probably count on one hand my whole career, my whole life, how many games I've missed, so it's definitely different. "It wasn't not fun, but obviously my guys have my back the way they handled our business and it was fun to watch and see them succeed."
Murray confident he won't be dealing with rust
"But I think I'm one of those guys that's able to kind of hone in and not be able to do that for maybe some time and get back out there and still play at a high level," Murray said.
"I think, obviously, for anybody, those reps are crucial, but I'm pretty confident in when I do come back that I'll be fine." The Cardinals were without Murray, DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green but still beat the 49ers 31-17.
"They stepped up,” coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “We knew they had to. When you lose some your best players, it’s not easy. But that’s how this league is. Guys stepped up and made big plays all day”.
Cardinals backup quarterback Colt McCoy stepped up well in the absence of Murray. "We hit on some big plays that really changed the game,” McCoy said. “Kliff got me in a rhythm early. James ran the ball hard.
I just didn’t want to come in here and turn the ball over. We didn’t and you win games that way. I’m benefiting from being on a great team and I’m really glad to get out there on the field and guys can help me pull through”.