Kyler Murray was crushed on the second drive in Thursday night’s match and was squeezed by LJ Collier and Carlos Dunlap in the lawn, with the latter falling directly on his throwing shoulder. Murray was never the same in the 28-21 loss to Seattle.
The Arizona Cardinals quarterback never went out of the game, but repeated sideline shots showed Murray waving in pain and trying to keep the sore shoulder loose, especially in the first half.
The Seahawks did not record a QB hit in the first meeting between the division̵
“They certainly played for me in certain situations, but as I said we were 21, had a chance to win the game at the end, but during the game we started slowly and continued to shoot ourselves in the foot,” Murray said, via Associated Press.
Led by Dunlap, who sealed the game with his second sack of the night, Seattle collected seven QB hits and three sacks.
Murray insisted after the game that his shoulder felt fine and said, “I’m good.”
More than just hitting the 5-foot-10 QB, Seattle did not allow Murray to do injury with his legs. Leading all signal callers in rushing yards that came into play, QB jumped just five times for 15 yards. Whether the shoulder injury adjusted Kliff Kingsbury’s play-calling, Murray was more hesitant to run, or the Seahawks D never allowed the opportunity, it’s the first time this season that the fast QB did not loosen up on the ground. Murray snatched a streak of five straight games with a rushing score.