Kyler Murray cannot catch a break right now, but the Arizona Cardinals quarterback did contract COVID, meaning he will miss part of their training camp.
Per NFL rules, if Murray were to test negative at any point within the coming days, he could return to practice.
This is a change from the previous iteration of the COVID protocols, in which a player who tested positive was required to self-isolate for at least five days.
Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury revealed his quarterback could come back within days
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury alerted reporters to his quarterback’s condition during his news conference Monday morning.
‘He felt really poor with cold symptoms,’ Kingsbury said. ‘The protocol is five days minimum, but if you feel better you can test out before that.’
It is yet another blow to Murray who has endured a chaotic offseason. Most recently, he and the Arizona faced questions regarding the inclusion of a ‘homework’ clause in his five-year, $230.5m contract. As NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport revealed last week, the former Heisman winner was required to review four hours of game film per week throughout the season. Failing to comply would have resulted in Murray being deemed to ‘be in Default,’ according to the contract language.
Last Thursday, the Cardinals made the decision to remove the clause for the megadeal, releasing a statement explaining their reasoning.
‘After seeing the distraction it created, we removed the addendum from the contract. It was clearly perceived in ways that were never intended.
‘Our confidence in Kyler Murray is as high as it’s ever been and nothing demonstrates our belief in his ability to lead this team more than the commitment reflected in this contract.’
Kyler Murray has endured a turbulent offseason which now includes a positive test for COVID
The clause — and the subsequent scrubbing — created controversy across the NFL world with varying takes on the matter.
Former Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon branded the situation ’embarrassing’ for both Murray and the Cardinals.
‘I think it shows a lack of trust in the player that you even have to put something in a contract like this.
‘It’s also a slap in the face to all African-American quarterbacks. That’s something we were always accused of back in the day when they didn’t let us play.
‘That we were lazy, that we didn’t study, that we couldn’t be leaders, that we weren’t smart.
COVID has also affected the Cardinals’ NFC West rivals, Seattle. Their 70-year-old fully-vaccinated head coach Pete Carroll has tested positive and will endure the same protocols as Murray.
Carroll is experiencing ‘mild symptoms’ and will participate virtually until his return.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll will still be engaging with the team and his staff while isolating