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Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins Game-Day Decisions; Practice Notes – Sports Illustrated

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins will be game-day decisions Sunday in Chicago, per head coach Kliff Kingsbury Friday. 

Even after getting extra time to rest during the bye week, the tandem will test themselves out during warmups to see if they can play. 

Murray practiced during the open portion on Friday, looking sharp once again. Hopkins was held out for caution. 

“We’re just being smart,” Kingsbury said. “We want to make sure he feels really good for the stretch run. And so we’ll see how he progresses, run him on Sunday and see if he can go.”

Hopkins added: “I’ll give it a go before the game.”

Regarding Murray, Kingsbury said high-ankle sprains are tricky, so they are still working through it. This was the first time Kingsbury revealed to the local media that the injury was a high-ankle sprain.

Practice notes

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Cardinals starting left guard Justin Pugh was out and about, but not participating in the open part of practice once again. 

He will be a game-day decision, per Kingsbury, but he has not practiced since hurting his calf in Week 9 at San Francisco. 

Meanwhile, nose tackle Rashard Lawrence was designated to return from IR this week (calf). He won’t be activated this week, but Kingsbury is hopeful he will be able to play next week. 

Cautious with Murray

Kingsbury has admitted many times that his team did not finish the 2020 season right, and he wants to change that this year.

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Part of that requires having Murray healthy, which he was not down the stretch last season. 

“With a player like him, in the position we’re in, we were going to be overly cautious this entire time,” Kingsbury said. “And we still are. We want to make sure when we get him back, he’s playing at a high level, and he can’t reinjure it to a point that we lose him for a substantial amount of time.”

Getting work in

Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt and running back Chase Edmonds were working out on the side during practice. 

Watt was doing sprints as he was seen doing earlier this week. Edmonds was working on various activities. 

The two are on injured reserve, Watt after having shoulder surgery and Edmonds for an ankle sprain. 

Edmonds can return next week against the Los Angeles Rams if he is ready. He looked sharp while running and changing directions. 

Kingsbury said Wednesday that Edmonds’ availability for Week 14 will be a close call. 

Watt has not been ruled out to return at some point this season. 

Weather

Chicago could be wet and will certainly be cold and windy Sunday, an environment Arizona is not accustomed to. The forecast calls for a …….

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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins will be game-day decisions Sunday in Chicago, per head coach Kliff Kingsbury Friday. 

Even after getting extra time to rest during the bye week, the tandem will test themselves out during warmups to see if they can play. 

Murray practiced during the open portion on Friday, looking sharp once again. Hopkins was held out for caution. 

“We’re just being smart,” Kingsbury said. “We want to make sure he feels really good for the stretch run. And so we’ll see how he progresses, run him on Sunday and see if he can go.”

Hopkins added: “I’ll give it a go before the game.”

Regarding Murray,…….

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins will be game-day decisions Sunday in Chicago, per head coach Kliff Kingsbury Friday. 

Even after getting extra time to rest during the bye week, the tandem will test themselves out during warmups to see if they can play. 

Murray practiced during the open portion on Friday, looking sharp once again. Hopkins was held out for caution. 

“We’re just being smart,” Kingsbury said. “We want to make sure he feels really good for the stretch run. And so we’ll see how he progresses, run him on Sunday and see if he can go.”

Hopkins added: “I’ll give it a go before the game.”

Regarding Murray,…….

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