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Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray suffers devastating Knee Injury

Introduction

On Monday, December 12th, 2022 the New England Patriots played the Arizona Cardinals from the State Farm Stadium located in Glendale, Arizona. During just the third play of the Monday Night Football game the Arizona Cardinals quarterback, Kyler Murray, went down while scrambling on a non - contact play, and it was immediately apparent that Murray was seriously injured.

Kyler was carted off of the playing field, and he was taken into the Arizona Cardinals’ locker room for medical assistance and testing. The Arizona Cardinals back - up quarterback, Colt McCoy, had to finish the game as the Arizona Cardinals got destroyed by the New England Patriots with a final score of 27 to 13. Murray will have to miss the remainder of the 2022 - 2023 NFL season and most likely some of the next season as well.

Although Kyler has performed particularly well over his initial 4 - seasons of service at the quarterback position in the National Football League with both his arm and his legs, but he still has a lot to prove especially when it comes to NFL playoff games. Many people also question his size as a quarterback, but there have been some other small QBs that have played at the highest level in the NFL, even lately.

Other Short Quarterbacks that recently found Success in the NFL

Kyler Murray made headlines just by his measurements alone when he came in to the NFL. The quarterback out of the University of Oklahoma came in at 5 - feet 10 1 / 8 - inches and 207 - pounds. Although being under 6 - foot 2 - inches as a passer is looked at as a major disadvantage, let’s take a look a couple of great players that are short NFL quarterbacks like Drew Brees and Russell Wilson.

The team leader of the New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees, is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. This passer is a Super Bowl champion, and he was named MVP of Super Bowl XLIV. Brees is a 12 - time NFL Pro Bowl athlete (2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018). He was elected to the NFL’s First - Team All - Pro in 2006, and he was a 4 - time Second - Team All - Pro (2008, 2009, 2011, 2018). Drew was also named NFL Offensive Player of the Year twice.

Drew Brees holds many NFL records as well. He had the record for most career passing yards and most career pass completions. This QB set the mark for highest career and single season completion percentage. He has the most consecutive games with a touchdown pass, and has thrown the most touchdown passes in a game (tied record with 7). It is clear that Brees has had an insane amount of success playing quarterback in the NFL at only 6 - feet tall.

Russell Wilson is another quarterback that compares in size and style of play to Kyler Murray. Wilson is measured at 5 - foot 11 - inches and weighs 215 - pounds. He is another Super Bowl winning QB (XLVIII), and was a play away from winning another Super Bowl the following season. Wilson is a 6 - time Pro Bowler (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018), and was named Rookie of the Year in 2012. He also led the league in passer rating in 2015, and had the most touchdown passes in the NFL in 2017.

Russell Wilson plays football in a style similar to Kyler Murray. Both of them can beat you through the air by throwing with their powerful arms. They can also get the best of their opponents on the ground as they are both fast, agile, and can make you struggle to figure out how to defend them with these dual threats.

Kyler Murray’s College Football Career

Throughout his time as a collegiate athlete, Murray played both football and baseball. In fact, he was actually drafted 9th - overall by the Oakland Athletics in the MLB 2018 draft. By entering the 2019 NFL draft, Kyler is choosing to play football over baseball professionally despite the fact that his college stats with the pig skin may not blow you away. He spent a good portion of his college football career as a back - up QB, and when he transferred from Texas A & M to Oklahoma, he had to sit out the 2016 year due to NCAA rules.

Senior Season for Kyler Murray at the University of Oklahoma

Murray’s last year as a Sooner was a very special one for him, and it is the reason why he will be drafted very early by a hopeful NFL team. His passing and rushing statistics combined were phenomenal. During the 2018 season, Kyler passed for 4,361 - yards with 42 - touchdown throws. He rushed for 12 - TDs on 1,001 - ground yards as well.

Murray led the Oklahoma Sooners to the final four of college football, but they lost to the heavily favorited Alabama Crimson Tide. He won the Heisman Trophy last December for being the best college football player of the year.

Kyler Murray’s NFL Career

Throughout his fairly impressive first four years playing with the Arizona Cardinals Murray has thrown for 13,848 - passing yards, he has completed 84 - passing touchdowns, and he has thrown 41 - interceptions. Kyler has also been great on his feet too. He has compiled a total of 2,204 - rushing yards, ran for 23 - touchdowns, and he has been sacked 131 - times so far during his young professional football career with the Arizona Cardinals.

Murray’s Football Career Achievements, Honors, & Awards

  • NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award Winner (2019)
  • 2 - Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (2020, 2021)
  • PFWA All - Rookie Team Selection (2019)
  • Heisman Trophy Award Winner (2018)
  • Davey O'Brien Award Winner (2018)
  • Manning Award Winner (2018)
  • Associated Press College Football Player of the Year Award Winner (2018)
  • Big - 12 Offensive Player of the Year Award Winner (2018)
  • First - Team All - American Selection (2018)
  • First - Team All - Big 12 Selection (2018)

Sources:

“Cards' Kyler Murray set for MRI on knee after leaving MNF on cart”, Josh Weinfuss, espn.com, Monday, December 12, 2022.

“Kyler Murray”, pro-football-reference.com, Tuesday, December 13, 2022.


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