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Kyler Murray returns to practice on Friday, game-time decision for Week 10 vs. Panthers

We break down the news that Kyler Murray is dealing with an ankle injury, and what it means for Week 10.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) smiles on the sideline during the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium.  Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Friday PM update: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury says that Murray will be a game-time decision, but won’t hold him back of he can go, per Darren Urban. Murray was optimistic about his chances to play earlier in the week.

Friday update: Murray returned to practice on Friday, per Tyler Drake of AZ Sports. It’s unclear if he’s a full or limited participant but it’s a positive sign for the Cardinals ahead of Sunday’s showdown against Carolina.

Thursday update: Murray wasn’t at the start of practice on Thursday, per Darren Urban. Murray didn’t practice at all last week and gave it a go on game day to test out his ankle, so we could be in that spot once again this week. If he can get any work in on Friday, it would be a great sign for his availability.

Wednesday PM update: Murray says he has made “crazy” progress on his ankle and is optimistic he will be able to play this week, per Darren Urban.

Wednesday PM update: Murray remains sidelined with his sprained ankle and is not at practice on Wednesday.

Wednesday update: Murray remains “day-to-day according to Kliff Kingsbury. We’ll see if he practices this week before getting too invested in him returning to play the lowly Panthers.

The Arizona Cardinals were without their star quarterback Kyler Murray in Week 9, but backup Colt McCoy and a stout running game made easy work of the San Francisco 49ers. This week the Cardinals face a struggling Carolina Panthers team.

Murray missed last week with an ankle injury despite being a game-time decision. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury was non-committal on Monday, saying that he doesn’t have a “feel” for Murrays status this week, per John Weinfuss. The team has a two game lead in the NFC West when you factor in their tie-breaker against the Rams and get a soft matchup with the Panthers. Those factors may push the team to be extra cautious with Murray, but we’ll learn more when they start official practices this week on Wednesday.

Fantasy football implications

McCoy wasn’t a big downgrade for the team’s fantasy players, but getting Murray back is still going to give everyone a better shot at putting up numbers. And of course Murray, who is a walking fantasy football machine, would continue to have high upside if he can return.