Kyler Murray out of injury report vs. Ravens: Will the Cardinal risk starting him?

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In a promising development for the Arizona Cardinals ahead of their matchup against the unstoppable Ravens, star quarterback Kyler Murray was removed from the injury report for the first time this week on Thursday.

Murray, who has been recovering from an ACL injury sustained last December, entered the week as a full participant after being limited in the previous week's practices, and he was removed from Thursday's report entirely.

The positive news surrounding Murray's status suggests significant progress in his rehabilitation, although it's not quite clear if he's already fit to start an NFL game.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported Murray's active involvement in practice, stating, "Murray was a full participant today" and highlighting his absence from the injury report.

That being said, he warned, "That doesn't necessarily mean he's playing this week, just that his knee injury is no longer limiting his practice work."

As the three-week window for potential activation stays active, the Cardinals are expected to ease Kyler Murray into the rhythm of the season by giving him more and more training reps while keeping him on the sidelines at least for one or more two weeks.

That means that Murray shouldn't be named the starter for Week 8 in the matchup against the Ravens, giving Baltimore an extraordinary chance to keep racking up dubs on the road as they have done earlier this season.

If Murray doesn't start, which is the most probable outcome, then Baltimore will face Joshua Dobbs as the Cards starter on the pocket come Sunday. Dobbs was traded to Arizona earlier this year for the Cards to patch the absence of Murray.

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Dobbs has started all seven games played by Arizona this season completing 142 passes at a 62% clip for 1,361 yards on the year while tossing six touchdowns against only three interceptions.

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