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Michael Lombardi suggests the Cardinals will not play Kyler Murray this season

Aug 19, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) looks on against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

During a recent segment on the Pat McAfee show, former NFL GM Michael Lombardi shared his conviction that Cardinals’ QB Kyler Murray will remain sidelined for the entirety of this season.

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After suffering an ACL tear back in December, the Cardinals 2019 first-round pick was forced to miss the final four games of the season. In total last year, Murray missed six games.

Now, almost eight months into his recovery, Murray remains on the PUP list (physically unable to perform), which means the Cardinals will be without Kyler for at least the first four weeks of this season.

However, according to Michael Lombardi, the Cardinals will refrain from playing Murray ever again. This decision is based on the potential financial advantages that could be gained by keeping the former Heisman winner away from the field.

Lombardi believes Kyler Murray will be traded sometime next offseason, creating an opportunity for the Cardinals to potentially secure USC QB Caleb Williams as the first overall draft pick in 2024.

In addition to the financial considerations, Lombardi highlights the Cardinals’ pursuit of a comprehensive cultural overhaul.

Under the presence of a new head coach, offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, and general manager, Lombardi suggests that the Cardinals are actively aiming to phase out players associated with the Steve Keim era in Arizona.

This trend was foreshadowed by the Cardinals releasing DeAndre Hopkins and trading away Isaiah Simmons for a 7th-round pick.

Do you think Kyler Murray’s time in the desert is coming to an end?

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