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Cardinals Make Official Decision On Kyler Murray, Starting Quarterback For First Preseason Game

Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinal will be without both their starting and backup quarterback during the team's first preseason game of the year this Friday night. Believe it or not, former Penn State star Trace McSorley will be getting the start under center. 

Cardinals star Kyler Murray has missed the majority of training camp so far. He tested positive for COVID-19, returned to practice and is now dealing with a sore wrist. He'll be out for the first preseason game. 

Murray's backup, Colt McCoy, has a tired arm and will also be out of the preseason game on Friday night. McSorley, as a result, will get the start. Jarrett Guarantano will also get snaps. 

"Cardinals QB Kyler Murray is still dealing with some wrist soreness and backup Colt McCoy is dealing with a tired arm. Kliff Kingsbury said Trace McSorley and Jarrett Guarantano will split time Friday in preseason opener at the Bengals," said Bob McManaman. 

It's unclear if the Cardinals plan to play Kyler Murray at all during the preseason. Colt McCoy should see some time, but it's more important for younger guys trying to make the final roster - like McSorley and Guarantano - to get snaps. 

The Cardinals battle the Bengals in their opening preseason game on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. ET.