Josh WeinfussESPN Staff Writer Aug 28, 2023 2:52pm ET2 minutes read
TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals have more clarity on their quarterback situation less than two weeks from Week 1.
Kyler Murray will not be removed from the list of physically unfit players until Tuesday’s deadline at 4:00 p.m. ET, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter Monday. That means Murray will miss at least the first four games of the regular season. Once activated, he will have 21 days to train and will be included in the 53-man roster, otherwise he will have to spend the entire season on the PUP list.
They also fired quarterback Colt McCoy on Monday, a day before teams must trim their roster to 53 players. The move comes four days after being swapped for quarterback Joshua Dobbs. McCoy, the 36-year-old who signed with the Cardinals in 2021, has been over the first-team quarterback all spring, training camp and preseason while Arizona waited for Murray to return from cruciate ligament surgery.
Murray injured his right knee during week 14 of last season on Monday Night Football and required surgery in early January. Murray had previously said he wanted to be back in Week 1. He later said he didn’t want to miss any time, but also wasn’t sure how much practice he would need before he was ready to take a snap in the regular season.
With McCoy released and Murray unavailable in Week 1, the Cardinals will likely pick their starter Dobbs and fifth-round pick Clayton Tune.
Tune led the second-team offense for most of spring, all camp, and preseason.
Throughout training camp, coach Jonathan Gannon declined to name a regular in any position. Last Monday, Gannon said he would name the starters if he had to name them.
Gannon also praised McCoy.
“He’s becoming more and more comfortable with what we’re asking of him,” Gannon said last week. “He’s obviously played a lot of football but I like where his game is trending.”