On Sunday, Cardinals’ head coach Jonathan Gannon sat down with NFL Network to give some positive updates on Kyler Murray’s rehab progress, along with some hints at the future of WR DeAndre Hopkins.]
Kyler Murray initially tore his ACL during a Week 14 matchup against the New England Patriots last season. The 25-year-old quarterback then underwent surgery for his injury in the first week of January.
As of how things stand right now, Murray is not expected to take the field in a regular season game until around the halfway point of this upcoming season.
Jonathan Gannon noted that Murray is on track and will begin hitting the weight room in the near future.
“He was in Dallas with his surgeon this last week, and he’s doing well.” “They like where he’s at. He’s going to start doing some things in the strength room. He’s coming along well.”
Gannon understands that rushing Kyler Murray will cause more harm than good with the young quarterback. For the Cardinals, the focus seems to be on not next season, but the ones following. And if that means prolonging Murray’s return until he is past 100%, then so be it.
So we’ll just tailor-fit what we’re doing with the offense around that guy, and then when Kyler gets back in, we’ll tailor-fit the offense around him. You know, a system will be in place, you might just call it a little bit differently with the guy that’s pulling the trigger.”
Hopkins out the door?
Since the conclusion of Week 18, five-time Pro Bowl WR DeAndre Hopkins has done his fair share of giving fans a mini heart attack with countless tweets and confusing messages.
Hopkins has been linked to numerous teams in trade talks over the past few months, however, no deals seem to be in the works.
The Cardinals hoped to receive “hefty compensation” for their future Hall of Fame wide receiver, but this appears to be unreasonable and unlikely.
Jonathan Gannon told NFL Network’s Steve Wyche that he is “operating that he’s a Cardinal right now.”
Additionally, Gannon stated:
“So, I’m looking forward to getting in the meeting room and on the field with him and seeing where it can go. I just know he’s an elite player. Being a defensive guy, I had to go up against him a couple times in the division. The challenges that he presents. I’m excited to get to work with him.”
While it seems as though Hopkins is already out the door and ready to play for a championship contender, if no teams offer up a deal that interests the Cardinals, he may be stuck in Arizona for at least another season.
Access Burn+ Premium Content & Behind the Scenes Network
- Burn+ Annual Subscription (Digital and Print) $49.95 / year
- Burn+ Monthly Premium Subscription (Digital) $5.95 / month