Player Outlook
Kyler Murray (knee) will start the 2023 season on the PUP list, meaning he will miss at least four games, but the Cardinals still cut McCoy on Aug. 28. Rookie Clayton Tune or recently acquired Joshua Dobbs now is expected to start until Murray is ready. We expected McCoy to win that battle in training camp, which might have made McCoy worthy of a roster spot in leagues that allow you to start more than one quarterback. McCoy averaged 242 yards passing in the two games he played more than 90% of the snaps last season, but he only threw one touchdown pass compared to three interceptions. Even in a two-quarterback league, you wouldn't have wanted to start him unless you were truly desperate.

Fantasy Stats

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2023
2022 780 1 3 36 317.8
2021 740 3 1 37 455.6
3y Avg. 632 2 2 28 265.2

Fantasy News

  • Cardinals' Colt McCoy: Will play in preseason opener

    Cardinals head coach Jonathan Gannon said McCoy will see some snaps in Friday's preseason opener against the Broncos, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. Gannon wouldn't divulge exactly how he plans to split playing time among his quarterback group, which is still without Kyler Murray (knee), but McCoy will presumably get the start Friday and play limited snaps. The veteran underwent offseason surgery to address an elbow issue, but he's been a full participant in training camp and will likely head into Week 1 as the Cardinals' starting quarterback.
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  • Cardinals' Colt McCoy: Ruled out for Week 18

    McCoy (concussion) won't play in Sunday's season finale against Atlanta, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports. David Blough will get his second straight start for the Cardinals while McCoy remains in the concussion protocol. The 36-year-old is signed with Arizona through 2023 on a contract that includes a 60 percent guarantee of his $3.75 million base salary for next season, but it's nonetheless possible the team explores new options for the backup quarterback role, especially if head coach Kliff Kingsbury is no longer around.
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  • Cardinals' Colt McCoy: Hoping for Week 17 return

    Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday that the Cardinals are hoping McCoy gets cleared through the concussion protocols and is able to start Sunday's game in Atlanta, Bo Brack of GoPHNX.com reports. After Kyler Murray tore his ACL in Week 14, McCoy assumed quarterback duties for the Cardinals, but he departed Week 15's game at Denver with a concussion and was inactive this past Sunday against the Buccaneers. McCoy showed some progress late last week by practicing in a limited fashion Friday, so the next step will be maintaining or increasing his activity level once Arizona gets back on the field Wednesday. If he makes his way through the protocols ahead of Sunday's 1:00 p.m. kickoff, McCoy will push Trace McSorley back to a reserve role.
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  • Cardinals' Colt McCoy: In concussion protocol

    Coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed after Sunday's 24-15 loss to the Broncos that McCoy is in concussion protocol, Jose M. Romero of AZCentral Sports reports. McCoy was ruled out of the game due to a concussion, and he will need to pass the NFL's five-step concussion protocol before he can return to game action. Doing so before the Buccaneers come to town in Week 16 won't be easy, so Trace McSorley could be in line to make his first start of the season if McCoy joins Kyler Murray (knee) on the sideline.
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  • Cardinals' Colt McCoy: Cleared to start

    McCoy (neck) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Denver, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. McCoy will make his third start of the season and faces a tough defense on the road in a battle of backup quarterbacks (Brett Rypien is starting for Denver). Wideout Marquise Brown (illness) is listed as questionable but seems likely to play after returning to practice Friday.
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  • Cardinals' Colt McCoy: Remains limited Thursday

    McCoy (neck) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Arizona's quarterback room is without Kyler Murray for the rest of the season after he was diagnosed with a torn ACL on Tuesday. McCoy is the next man up at the position, but a neck injury so far has resulted in a cap on his reps this week. Friday's practice report may clear him for Sunday's game in Denver, but if he enters the weekend with a designation, his status for Week 15 won't be confirmed until about 90 minutes before a 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff. If McCoy ends among the Cardinals' inactives Sunday, Trace McSorley and David Blough are the other two signal-callers on the team's active roster.
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  • Cardinals' Colt McCoy: Limited with neck injury

    McCoy was a limited practice participant Wednesday due to a neck injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. With Kyler Murray (knee) suffering a season-ending ACL tear in Monday's loss to New England, Arizona is down to McCoy, Trace McSorley and David Blough at quarterback. McSorley is easily the best runner of the three, but McCoy is a better passer and far more experienced, offering the best hope for DeAndre Hopkins and Marquise Brown to stay productive. McCoy is expected to start Sunday in Denver as long as his neck issue doesn't impede him in a significant way as the week rolls along.
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  • Cardinals' Colt McCoy: Likely to take over as starter

    McCoy is expected to step in as the Cardinals' starting quarterback for the final four games of the season after Kyler Murray was diagnosed Tuesday with a torn ACL, Doug Haller, Jeff Howe and Larry Holder of The Athletic report. McCoy will make his third start of the season Sunday in Denver, unless the Cardinals want to get a longer look at third-stringer Trace McSorley. The 36-year-old McCoy ended up playing the majority of Monday's 27-13 loss to the Patriots after Murray suffered what proved to be a season-ending injury three snaps into the contest. Over his three 2022 appearances to date, McCoy has completed 77 of 111 attempts (69.4 percent) for 702 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions while adding 12 carries for 34 yards. He's unlikely to be much more than a low-end fantasy option at quarterback, but that could be enough for McCoy to gain some relevance in leagues that start two signal-callers or have a superflex spot.
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  • Cardinals' Colt McCoy: Full practice Friday

    McCoy (knee) practiced in full Friday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. McCoy appears to be a step ahead of No. 1 quarterback Kyler Murray (hamstring) with their respective levels of health. While McCoy followed Thursday's limited session with all activity one day later, Murray has logged back-to-back capped practices to begin Week 11 prep. How both fare Saturday likely will be the deciding factor for coach Kliff Kingsbury ahead of Monday's game versus the 49ers, but McCoy seems to have a chance to earn a second straight start in place of Murray.
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  • Cardinals' Colt McCoy: Week 11 Waiver Priority List

    We hope Kyler Murray (hamstring) is back for Week 11 against the 49ers, and he has an extra day to get healthy since the game is Monday night. But if Murray is out then plan to add McCoy in all Superflex and two-quarterback leagues. He did OK in place of Murray in Week 10 at the Rams with 15 Fantasy points, and he would likely be in that range against the 49ers given San Francisco's stout defense. McCoy is worth up to 10 percent of your remaining FAB in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues.
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  • Cardinals' Colt McCoy: Back in Sunday's game

    McCoy (undisclosed) returned to Sunday's contest at the Rams. Subbing in for an inactive Kyler Murray (hamstring) on Sunday, McCoy stayed on the turf for a spell in the middle of the third quarter after being called for intentional grounding. He required some on-field attention and then went to the sideline tent, after which he was spotted with a wrap on his upper left leg, according to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com. That said, McCoy was able to swap back in for Trace McSorley for the start of the Cardinals' next possession and continued to direct the offense.
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  • Cardinals' Colt McCoy: Starting for Murray on Sunday

    McCoy will start in place of Kyler Murray (hamstring) on Sunday at the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Murray's availability came down to a game-time decision, and the Cardinals are exercising caution with their franchise signal-caller due to the hamstring injury that contained him to two limited practices during Week 10 prep. In three spot starts for Murray last season, McCoy completed 68 of 90 passes (75.6 percent) for 684 yards, three touchdowns and one interception and had 14 carries for 40 yards.
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  • Cardinals' Colt McCoy: Likely to start again

    McCoy (pectoral) is likely to make his third straight start under center in place of Kyler Murray (ankle) Sunday against Seattle, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Both quarterbacks officially carry the questionable tag, but McCoy appears to be in a better place health-wise than Murray is with his high-ankle sprain. McCoy left last week's loss to the Panthers with a pectoral strain and didn't return. He was then limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday, but he upgraded to full activity Friday, while Murray remained a limited participant for the second day in a row. The Cardinals likely won't officially announce McCoy as their Week 11 starter until after the team releases its inactive list 90 minutes prior to the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, but expect him to direct the offense while Chris Streveler serves as his backup.
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  • Cardinals' Colt McCoy: Gets questionable tag for Week 11

    McCoy (pectoral) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. According to Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site, McCoy upgraded to full participation in practice Friday after limited showings Wednesday and Thursday, so the veteran signal-caller will more than likely be ready to go come Sunday. The bigger question is whether he'll pick up a third consecutive start, or if he'll revert to his customary backup role in the event Kyler Murray (ankle) returns from a two-game absence. After closing the week with a pair of limited practices, Murray is being viewed as a game-time decision, so clarity on McCoy's Week 11 role may not come until Arizona unveils its inactive list 90 minutes prior to Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. In his previous two turns as starter, McCoy completed 33 of 46 throws (71.7 percent) for 356 yards (7.7 YPA) and a 1:1 TD:INT.
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  • Cardinals' Colt McCoy: Logs another limited practice

    McCoy (pectoral) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday. Both of the Cardinals' top two quarterbacks are dealing with injuries, with regular starter Kyler Murray also limited due to an ankle sprain. Murray has missed two games in a row due to the injury, and McCoy, who has earned starts on both occasions, was knocked out of this past Sunday's loss to the Panthers with a strained pectoral. If healthy enough to play Sunday in Seattle, Murray will direct the offense, but McCoy and Chris Streveler are the options to cover for him if he needs more time to heal.
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  • Cardinals' Colt McCoy: Limited by pectoral injury

    McCoy (pectoral) was limited at practice Wednesday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. McCoy has filled in for an absent Kyler Murray (ankle) for most of the past two games, completing 33 of 46 passes for 356 yards, one touchdown and one interception while turning eight carries into 22 yards. However, McCoy made an early exit in last Sunday's loss to the Panthers and eventually was diagnosed with a strained pectoral. Per Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site, head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday that McCoy is "OK," while Murray "has just gotten better every day." Arizona's quarterback situation remains fluid, with any of Murray, McCoy or Chris Streveler representing potential starting signal-callers for the team this weekend at Seattle.
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  • Cardinals' Colt McCoy: Diagnosed with strain

    McCoy was diagnosed Monday with a pectoral strain, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. McCoy was removed from Sunday's loss to the Panthers in the third quarter and was unable to return to the contest. However, he doesn't appear to be dealing with a major injury, and he'll likely be available to start Week 11 against Seattle if Kyler Murray (ankle) isn't cleared to return from a two-game absence.
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  • Cardinals' Colt McCoy: Injury is to pectoral

    Coach Kliff Kingsbury clarified after Sunday's 34-10 loss to the Panthers that McCoy left the game due to a pectoral injury, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports. The severity of McCoy's injury is yet to be determined, but the quarterback was unable to come back into the game after initially being deemed questionable to return. If neither McCoy nor Kyler Murray (ankle) are ready to return to action against the Seahawks in Week 11, the Cardinals will presumably turn to Chris Streveler, who replaced McCoy against Carolina.
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  • Cardinals' Colt McCoy: Sustains chest injury

    McCoy suffered a chest injury in the third quarter of Sunday's game versus the Panthers. McCoy got banged up on a sack and had to yield the offense to fellow reserve Chris Streveler with Kyler Murray (ankle) missing his second consecutive contest. Prior to his exit, McCoy completed 11 of 20 passes for 107 yards and one interception and had one carry for minus-1 yard.
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  • Cardinals' Colt McCoy: Getting another spot start Sunday

    McCoy will be the Cardinals' starting quarterback in place of Kyler Murray (ankle) for Sunday's contest against the Panthers, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports. Murray appeared to be a bit healthier this week than he was during Week 9 prep, actually making an appearance on the practice field as a limited participant Friday. The Cardinals took a decision on Murray down to the wire but ultimately opted to keep him sidelined due to the sprained ankle he suffered during a Week 8 loss to the Packers. McCoy fared well in place of Murray last Sunday at San Francisco, completing 22 of 26 passes for 249 yards and one touchdown while supplying 23 more yards on seven carries.
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