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Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins set to return vs. Bears, but there’s a catch

Arizona Cardinals, Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins

Good news for the Arizona Cardinals and their fans, quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins have a good shot at playing in Arizona’s Week 13 matchup against the Chicago Bears. Both Murray and Hopkins are officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, and their availability would definitely impact the rolling 9-2 Cardinals and the team’s offensive sets. The two athletes have been recovering from injuries leading up to Week 13’s showdown. Adam Schefter tackles Murray and Hopkins’ status via his Twitter account:

Apparently, the extent to which Hopkins and Murray will play should they return on Sunday is still a mystery, but some form of minutes restrictions can be expected. Notably, Hopkins might be limited due in part to his hamstring injury and the Chicago weather conditions, and Cardinals fans should look out for the following in relation to the Chicago weather forecast: the rain and the cold. A damp and chilly atmosphere in Chicago will work to Hopkins’ disadvantage, and this could provide for more restrictive minutes limitations. However, Hopkins’ presence on the field would be a big boost for Arizona, as the wide receiver has caught seven touchdown passes in eight games—noticeable direct impact for Arizona. The last time Hopkins was on the field for Arizona was in Week 8 against the Seattle Seahawks, a game wherein he was also hampered by the hamstring injury.

QB Kyler Murray on the other hand, injured his ankle in the same Week 8 game against the Seahawks—also his last appearance for the Cardinals. Murray currently has 2,276 passing yards under his belt, complemented by 17 touchdowns in the eight games he has played. Fans can expect similar minutes protocols to apply to Murray leading up to Week 13, provided that no new developments occur.