NFL rumors: Kyler Murray faces 'uphill battle' to play vs. 49ers

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Report: Kyler faces 'uphill battle' to play against 49ers originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray will try to play Sunday against the 49ers, but it isn't looking good for the dual-threat star. 

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that Murray faces "an uphill battle" and there "isn’t a ton of optimism." Murray did not practice this week as he recovers from an ankle injury. If he can't go, veteran QB Colt McCoy would start against San Francisco. 

There also is a chance the Cardinals are without their top receiver, too. 

DeAndre Hopkins, who has only missed two games in his entire career, is battling a hamstring injury and also didn't practice all week. He's considered a game-time decision. 

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Both Hopkins and Murray played against the 49ers earlier this season in a 17-10 win for Arizona. Hopkins had six receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown. Murray completed 22 of his 31 attempts for 239 yards and one TD.

The Cardinals lead the NFC West at 7-1 while the 49ers are looking to get back to .500. A win would improve their record to 4-4.

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