Injury roundup: Cardinals' Murray, Hopkins remain game-time decisions; Broncos QB Drew Lock out

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, who didn't practice this week because of an ankle injury, will try to go Sunday, but there isn't a ton of optimism for it, sources tell NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Colt McCoy took all the first-team reps and is ready. No one has ruled Murray out, but it appears to be an uphill battle for him to face the San Francisco 49ers.

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who has battled a hamstring injury and didn't practice all week, is also considered a game-time decision. He almost always plays, but if there is ever an exception, this may be it. But Hopkins will try, according to Rapoport.

Other injury news we are keeping an eye on ahead of Sunday's Week 9 games:

  • Denver Broncos backup quarterback Drew Lock was ruled out Sunday for their game against the Dallas Cowboys due to COVID-19 protocols, the team announced. Lock was slated to back up Teddy Bridgewater, as he has done every game this season. Brett Rypien will be Bridgewater's backup QB in place of Lock. Bridgewater was cleared to play after being a close contact to Lock, per NFL Network's James Palmer.
  • Dallas Cowboys wide receivers CeeDee Lamb (ankle) and Amari Cooper (hamstring) -- both listed as questionable -- are expected to play against the Denver Broncos, sources tell NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
  • Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (rib, finger) won't start against the Texans after being listed as questionable to play, Rapoport reported. Jacoby Brissett will start for Miami.
  • Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against Baltimore. Minnesota activated safety Myles Dorn to take his roster spot.
  • Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown, who missed Friday's practice because of a knee issue, should be fine to play against the Los Angeles Rams, per Rapoport.
  • Los Angeles Rams pass rusher Von Miller, who recently arrived via trade, may not end up playing his first game. Listed as questionable because of an ankle injury, there is pessimism that he goes, a source said. The team wants him for the stretch run. Meanwhile, wide receiver Robert Woods (foot) is good to go, according to Rapoport.
  • Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman, questionable with a groin injury, is expected to play against the Vikings, according to Rapoport and Mike Garafolo. Meanwhile, wide receiver Sammy Watkins (thigh) is inactive. He was held back after his thigh didn't feel right this morning, but the hope is he'll be available for Thursday versus the Dolphins, per Garafolo.
  • Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold cleared concussion protocol and will start Sunday versus the Patriots.
  • With wideout Odell Beckham headed for waivers, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones (groin) is expected to take his place as a starter despite being questionable. Meanwhile, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (ankle, knee) and cornerback Denzel Ward (hamstring) should be good, Rapoport reports.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson, dealing with a heel injury and listed as questionable, was ruled out ahead of Sunday's game against the Bills, Rapoport reported. Head coach Urban Meyer described it as a "pain threshold" issue, according to Rapoport.
  • San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell (ribs) and wide receiver Deebo Samuel (calf), both of whom were limited Thursday and Friday, should be able to play Sunday against the Cardinals barring a pregame setback, according to Rapoport.
  • The Chicago Bears waived wide receiver Breshad Perriman, who did not appear in a game this season after signing with the club in Week 1.

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