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The Arizona Cardinals recently inked Kyler Murray to a contract extension, however they will undoubtedly be without their quarterback for at the very least five days in the first part of training camp.
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury told reporters Monday that Murray tested positive for COVID-19. Which means he’ll be sidelined for at the least five days.
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Arizona’s first preseason game is scheduled for Aug. 12 contrary to the Cincinnati Bengals.
It’s been quite the offseason up to now for Murray.
The contract made headlines for a lot more than just the $230.5 million, since it initially required four hours of “independent study” of film each game week. However, that clause was removed following backlash.
“After seeing the distraction it created, we removed the addendum from the contract,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “It had been clearly perceived with techniques which were never intended. Our confidence in Kyler Murray is really as high as it’s ever been and nothing demonstrates our belief in his capability to lead this team a lot more than the commitment reflected in this contract.”
For his part, Murray told reporters it had been “disrespectful” that some thought he wasn’t a “student of the overall game” due to the clause.
The Oklahoma product had been likely to be beneath the spotlight this year even before signing the contract extension after he struggled through the playoff loss to the LA Rams with zero touchdowns and two interceptions.
It had been the two-time Pro Bowler’s first postseason game, and he’ll be likely to take another part of exactly what will be his fourth season as Arizona’s starter.
For the present time, though, the 24-year-old will undoubtedly be sidelined as he recovers from symptoms which were deemed “minor.”