Cardinals ‘Murray, Hopkins in action vs. Bears

The latest news from NFL Week 13 (all time EST):

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Arizona Cardinals winger Kyler Murray and three-time All-Pro recipient DeAndre Hopkins is active against the Chicago Bears after missing the previous three games through injury.

Murray (ankle) and Hopkins (hamstring) returned to training this week. Both players are listed as questionable for the NFC West leaders.

The Cardinals, owners of the upcoming tournament’s best 9-2 record, won two-thirds of their games without them before saying goodbye last week.

Chicago fullback Roquan Smith is active after leaving the Bears’ Thanksgiving win in Detroit with a hamstring injury. Receptionist Allen Robinson (hamstring) and saver Akiem Hicks (ankle) are missing the third straight game. ___ 12:00 noon

Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings tribute for the victims of Tuesday’s shooting in Oxford, Michigan, by wearing a gold “O” on the back of their helmets.


During the warm-up for Sunday’s game at Ford Field, many of the Lions players and coaches as well as some of the Vikings players and coaches wore white. Oxford Wildcats T-shirt.

Both franchises have ties to Oxford High School football coach Zach Line. The former NFL fullback played for the Vikings from 2013 to 2016 and in New Orleans from 2017 to 2019, when Detroit coach Dan Campbell was assistant coach for the Saints.

The tragedy claimed the lives of four high school students, including Tate Myre, a famous soccer player and wrestler. ___

11:50 am

Gardner Minshew is starting in quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles against the New York Jets in place of the injured Jalen Hurts.

Hurts is limited to training for a full week because of a sprained ankle, but insists he will be available to play on Sunday. Coach Nick Sirianni instead opted to play it safe and hit Minshew, who has hit two passes this season for the Eagles.


Hurts are inactive in the game, so Reid Stinnett will act as a backup for Minshew.

Hurts was injured in Philadelphia’s 13-7 loss to the Giants last Sunday, when the sophomore quarterback had his worst game as a professional with three interceptions. His ankle was stepped on in the second half, but he kept playing.

Hurts’ mobility is an important part of his game, so playing with a sprained ankle is a problem. He’s the Eagles’ top driver with 695 yards on 122 runs and has dashed for at least 50 yards in the Eagles’ past six games – the franchise’s first QB to do so since Randall Cunningham in 1990s.

Minshew was acquired in a deal with Jacksonville shortly before the season started. He was third on the Eagles depth chart until Joe Flacco was brought to the Jets on October 25. Minshew’s only appearance this season was in Week 8, when he finished both. his two passes in 11 yards in Philadelphia’s 44-6 victory over Detroit.


Minshew threw 5,530 yards and 37 touchdowns with 11 interceptions in 23 games, including 20 starts, in two seasons at Jacksonville. He became spendable after Jaguar drafted Trevor Lawrence with the overall No. 1 pick in April.

Rerun Jordan Howard is also among the Eagles inactive, but Boston Scott is still active after sitting out all week training with a non-COVID-19 illness.

The Corey Davis wide-field relay is also active after going missing last week with a groin injury and was listed as questionable for this match. – Dennis Waszak Jr. reporting from East Rutherford, New Jersey..


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