Mathematically, the Arizona Cardinals’ playoff picture is clear.
With a win over the Los Angeles Rams, the Cardinals are in as a wild-card team. If they lose, they’re out. They could also get in with a tie and a Chicago Bears loss to Green Bay.
However, it’s a lot more complicated than that because of quarterback Kyler Murray’s injury.
Murray suffered a lower-leg ailment late in the Cardinals’ Week 16 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. It looked like Chris Streveler, who has never thrown an NFL pass, might start.
Murray said Wednesday he’ll play against the Rams.
Kyler Murray says he will play
Murray said he was “good,” according to the Cardinals’ site. He was asked if he’ll be playing against the Rams.
“You want to tweet out that I’m going to play?” Murray said. “Yeah, I’ll be playing.”
Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ site reported that Murray was seen participating in the open portion of practice Wednesday and looked normal.
“There really is no holding back,” Murray said. “We lose, I’ll be home chillin’, so my leg … I’m fine.”
While there are a few days before the game and Murray could suffer a setback, it’s hard to believe he’d be so confident if he had any doubts about his availability for Sunday’s game. The Rams don’t have that hope at quarterback.
Rams say they’ll be without Jared Goff
The Rams have ruled Jared Goff out after he had surgery on his thumb. John Wolford will start.
Jared Goff underwent surgery on his thumb this morning, John Wolford will start on Sunday.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) December 29, 2020
Unless there’s a miracle recovery, the Rams will go into the game with a starting quarterback who has never attempted an NFL pass before.
The Rams can still back into a playoff berth if they lose and the Chicago Bears lose, as well. Los Angeles clinches a spot with a win.
L.A. will have to navigate its regular-season finale without its quarterback. The Cardinals are optimistic they won’t be in that tough spot.
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