NFC Notes: Cardinals, Falcons, 49ers


Cardinals first-round rookie QB Kyler Murray called Sunday’s 34-7 loss to the Rams probably the most lopsided loss of his life. Murray said it felt like the bye week threw off some of the momentum Arizona has been building this season. 

“For me personally, I don’t like getting away from it,” Murray said via Katherine Fitzgerald of the Arizona Republic. “I just like to keep playing. I’m not saying that if we didn’t have the bye we wouldn’t have come out here and lost today, or however we played, but that’s just how I feel. I just don’t like getting away from it and then coming back. . . . I don’t want to blame it on that, but everything, everything just felt off.”

  • Per Darren Urban of the team website, Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury said the team cut CB Tramaine Brock to give some younger players playing time at corner. 
  • Cardinals DL Jonathan Bullard is out a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury, while rookie S Jalen Thompson is day to day with a head injury, per Kingsbury. (Urban)
  • Kingsbury reiterated the team is still evaluating all three of RBs David Johnson, Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds: “We are going to go with the guy we feel gives us the best chance to win (that week). It may be K.D. one week, it may be Chase, it may be David. It’s not settled in that department.” (Urban)


  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer believes Baylor HC Matt Rhule will be a candidate for any potential Falcons head coaching vacancy. 
  • Falcons TE Austin Hooper returned to practice on Monday. (Vaughn McClure)
  • Atlanta might wait until later in the week to activate first-round G Chris Lindstrom, who was just designated to return from injured reserve. (McClure)
  • Falcons WR Julio Jones is trending upwards after missing Thursday’s game with a shoulder injury. (Kelsey Conway)


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