Despite being a full participant in practice this week for the first time since late last season and coming off the injury report altogether Thursday, it’s unlikely that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray will play against the Ravens on Sunday.
Though Murray, the 2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and a two-time Pro Bowl selection, practiced fully for the first time since tearing his ACL last December, he was listed as doubtful in Friday’s injury report. Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon said the quarterback is “fully healthy,” though reports have indicated the 26-year-old former No. 1 overall draft pick would be ramped up slowly, and Gannon said only “we’ll see,” when asked if he would play this week.
When Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked how he’ll handle the uncertainty of whether Murray would play, he replied similarly.
“We’ll see, that’s about all you can say,” he said. “We’ll be ready for whichever quarterback is playing.”
With Murray doubtful, Joshua Dobbs, who helped beat Baltimore as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017, is expected to get the nod again. Dobbs has completed 62% (142-for-229) of his passes in seven games this season, throwing for 1,361 yards and six touchdowns with three interceptions.
Whichever quarterback Baltimore (5-2) faces, it comes into the game a relative model of health after dealing with a spate of injuries the first handful of games this season.
Safety Marcus Williams (hamstring) and outside linebacker Odafe Oweh (ankle) were the only players not to practice Friday in Owings Mills. Williams is out for Sunday, while Oweh is questionable, as are running back Keaton Mitchell (hamstring) and wide receiver Tylan Wallace (hamstring), though both fully practiced Friday.
“He’s not going to be out for any period of time,” Harbaugh said of Oweh, who was limited Thursday. “We’ll see if he plays on Sunday.”
Meanwhile, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (shoulder) fully practiced Friday, as did cornerback Kevon Seymour (ankle) and inside linebacker Roquan Smith (shoulder). None of the three have an injury designation for the game.
For the Cardinals (1-6), defensive end Kevin Strong (shoulder), guard Elijah Wilkinson (neck) and linebacker Krys Barnes (hamstring) did not practice Friday and are all out. Wide receiver Greg Dortch (ankle) was added to the injury report after not practicing Friday and is questionable, along with safety Jalen Thompson (hamstring) and cornerback Antonio Hamilton (groin). Offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (hand) and receiver Zach Pascal (neck) fully practiced and came off the injury report.