Cardinals' Kyler Murray activated from PUP list, still on track for return

FILE - Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray pauses on the field prior to an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Oct. 8, 2023, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals are awaiting Murray's return from a knee injury that prematurely ended his 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals activated Kyler Murray from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, opening the door for him to make his return from a knee injury against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

The move was expected, but still significant, considering Murray has missed roughly 11 months with a torn ACL that he suffered last season in a game against the New England Patriots. The 26-year-old was designated to return on Oct. 18, giving the Cardinals 21 days to promote him to the active roster.

First-year coach Jonathan Gannon said on Monday that Murray would start against the Falcons if he has a good week of practice.

“Kyler’s going to continue to ramp up — he’ll take the (first team) reps and if the week goes well, he’ll start on Sunday,” Gannon said Monday. “Pleased where he’s at right now and we’ll see how the week goes.”

The Cardinals have a 1-13 record since Murray’s injury. They are 1-8 this season and are on a six-game losing streak following a 27-0 defeat to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.