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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is projected to be able to recover from his torn ACL in six to eight months, putting him on track to be ready for the start of the 2023 season, league sources told ESPN.

That’s the best-case scenario for Murray, who suffered the injury on the third play of Monday night’s loss to the New England Patriots before walking off the field and sobbing in the tunnel after realizing he had suffered a significant injury.

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said last week that Murray will likely undergo surgery sometime after Christmas once the swelling in his knee goes down.

The injury could have been worse, but doctors believe all of Murray’s remaining knee ligaments are intact, which won’t delay his recovery any longer than it should, according to sources.

“There’s a really good chance he’ll be ready by Week 1 of next year,” a source familiar with Murray’s injury told ESPN.

The Cardinals are expected to place Murray on the Physically Unable to Perform List to open training camp next summer and then slowly work him up during the preseason with the realistic goal of being ready for the regular season opener.

With Murray now out for the season, the Cardinals will turn to Colt McCoy, who filled in earlier this season when Murray suffered a custodial injury. The Cardinals love and believe in McCoy, who has a solid understanding of the offense and the universal respect of his teammates.

“I think the relationship with the teammates is as good as I’ve ever seen,” Kingsbury said of McCoy last Thursday. “The level of respect they have for him is through the roof and he puts in the work. He’s a brilliant football mind and then he’s really good when he gets the chance to play. The ball goes to the right place (and) it. comes out on time. He has earned the right to play in this league as long as he can actually get surgery and stay healthy.

“He could be a coach if he wanted to right now. He would probably take my job easily. He has such knowledge and such command in the dressing room.”

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