Chris Streveler could start for Arizona Cardinals in Week 17 with Kyler Murray nursing injury

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Former CFL quarterback Chris Streveler could make his first career NFL start in Week 17.

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter has reported that Kyler Murray may not play due to a lower leg injury. That would mean a promotion for Streveler, Arizona’s backup through the first 16 weeks of the season, to become the starter.

“We’ll see how he feels this week. Hopeful that he can be in a position to play and do what he does. With Kyler, if that’s how he’s got to play, adjust his style, he can definitely play from the pocket, and try to lead us in that way,” Kingsbury said in a videoconference on Monday and described Murray’s injury as “lower leg.”

“We’re not going to put him out there if he can’t play at a high level and doesn’t feel safe to play, but we’ll just have to see how he progresses. Streveler is definitely the backup.”

Murray was the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma. The five-foot-ten, 207-pound passer has thrown for 3,884 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions through 15 games this season. He has also rushed for 816 yards and 11 scores on 131 carries, establishing himself as one of the NFL’s best dual-threat quarterbacks.

Streveler has taken two snaps this season, recording one carry for three yards in September. It was the first time a former CFL quarterback had recorded an NFL statistic since 2009.

The South Dakota product played two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and was especially effective during the team’s Grey Cup run in 2019. He rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown in the West Semi-Final in Calgary and threw a touchdown pass to Andrew Harris in the Grey Cup victory.

The Cardinals (8-7) are scheduled to play the Los Angeles Rams (9-6) at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 3.