Colt McCoy

Arizona Cardinals
Quarterback #16
Arizona Cardinals
Quarterback #16

Colt McCoy News

Ruled out for Week 18

McCoy (concussion) will not play in Sunday's season finale against Atlanta, Tyler Drake of reports.

Analysis: David Blough will get his second start for the Cardinals while McCoy finishes up his recovery from concussion symptoms. 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 QB role, especially if coach Kliff Kingsbury is no longer around.

Jan 4, 2023 11:34 AM EST

Ruled out after symptoms return

McCoy is dealing with concussion symptoms again and won't play in Sunday's game at Atlanta, with the Cardinals instead turning to David Blough as their starting quarterback, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Analysis: The Cardinals apparently have seen enough of Trace McSorley, who completed only one of his 10 targets to DeAndre Hopkins in last week's loss to Tampa Bay. Hopkins, meanwhile, left Friday's practice early with a knee injury, potentially putting the Arizona offense in an even worse spot entering Sunday. It'll be a challenge for Blough, who was signed two weeks ago, even against a vulnerable Atlanta defense.

Dec 30, 2022 10:50 AM EST

Out of protocol, set to start Sunday

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday that McCoy has cleared the concussion protocol and is in line to start Sunday's game in Atlanta, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Analysis: Following Kyler Murray's torn ACL that he sustained Week 14, McCoy got the nod under center Week 15, only to suffer a concussion that forced him out Week 16. McCoy has logged only one official practice since then -- he was limited last Friday -- but now that he's out of the protocol for head injuries he likely will be a full participant moving forward. As a result, he again will be the top QB on the Cardinals' depth chart, pushing back Trace McSorley to No. 2.

Dec 28, 2022 11:38 AM EST

Hopeful for Week 17 return

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday that the Cardinals are hopeful McCoy gains clearance from the concussion protocol and is able to start Sunday's game in Atlanta, Bo Brack of reports.

Analysis: After Kyler Murray tore his ACL in Week 14, McCoy assumed quarterback duties for the Cardinals, but he departed Week 15 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 protocol for head injuries ahead of Sunday's 1:00 p.m. kickoff, McCoy will push Trace McSorley back to a reserve role.

Dec 26, 2022 3:37 PM EST

Remains out, but progressing

McCoy (concussion), who has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, was a limited participant at Friday's practice.

Analysis: Trace McSorley will make his first career start this weekend against Tampa Bay, but McCoy looks as though he may be on a path to returning to the lineup for the Cardinals' Week 17 game in Atlanta on Jan. 1. After exiting last Sunday's loss to the Broncos and entering the NFL's concussion protocol, McCoy was a spectator for the Cardinals' first two Week 16 practices before getting back on the field Friday. According to Josh Weinfuss of, McCoy was spotted throwing passes with his helmet on during the open portion of Friday's session, which implies some level of progression through the five-step concussion protocol. If he can advance to full participation in practice next week while also gaining clearance from an independent neurologist, he should be in good position to start against the Falcons.

Dec 23, 2022 1:39 PM EST

Won't play this week

McCoy (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Tyler Drake of reports.

Analysis: Trace McSorley replaced McCoy after the 36-year-old was concussed during Sunday's 24-15 loss to the Broncos. McSorley will now make his first NFL start, getting the nod over recently signed David Blough despite throwing two interceptions Sunday. McCoy's next chance to play will be a Jan. 1 game at Atlanta.

Dec 21, 2022 11:24 AM EST

Considered day-to-day

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday that McCoy (concussion) is day-to-day, Tyler Drake of reports.

Analysis: Kingsbury confirmed after Sunday's loss to Denver that McCoy was in concussion protocols, so the day-to-day designation isn't surprising, though it does suggest the quarterback will have a chance to suit up against Tampa Bay. However, Arizona's practice reports will likely provide further clarity on McCoy's availability. If McCoy remains sidelined, Trace McSorley and David Blough would be the Cardinals' top healthy quarterbacks, as Kyler Murray (knee) has already been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Dec 19, 2022 1:09 PM EST

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.

Analysis: 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.

Dec 18, 2022 4:33 PM EST

Out with concussion

McCoy has been ruled out of Sunday's game in Denver with a concussion, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: McCoy was getting his second stint of the campaign as Arizona's starting quarterback after Kyler Murray suffered a season-ending ACL tear last Monday against the Patriots. After dealing with a neck injury in practice this week and now picking up a concussion on top of the existing health concern, McCoy's status in the short term is extremely murky. Trace McSorley will be the Cards' signal-caller for the rest of Week 15 and potentially beyond that point.

Dec 18, 2022 3:03 PM EST

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.

Analysis: 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.

Dec 16, 2022 1:41 PM EST

Remains limited Thursday

McCoy (neck) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: 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.

Dec 15, 2022 1:56 PM EST

Limited with neck injury

McCoy (neck) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: With Kyler Murray suffering an ACL tear, 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 he's healthy enough.

Dec 14, 2022 2:20 PM EST

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 (knee) was diagnosed Tuesday with a torn ACL, Doug Haller, Jeff Howe and Larry Holder of The Athletic report.

Analysis: He'll be making what would be his third start of the season Sunday in Denver, and unless the Cardinals want to get a longer look at third-stringer Trace McSorley, the 36-year-old McCoy looks as though he'll stick atop the depth chart the rest of the way, barring injury. McCoy ended up playing the majority of Monday's 27-13 loss to the Patriots after Murray suffered the season-ending injury three snaps into the contest. Over his three appearances to date, McCoy has completed 77 of 111 attempts (69.4 percent) for 702 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions while carrying 12 times 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.

Dec 13, 2022 11:22 AM EST

Spot duty in place of Murray

McCoy filled in for an injured Kyler Murray (knee) during Monday's 27-13 loss to the Patriots, completing 27 of 40 passes for 246 yards, no touchdowns and one interception while turning five carries into 24 yards.

Analysis: Unexpectedly, McCoy ended up handling most of the Cardinals' snaps on offense Week 14 after Murray suffered a non-contact injury to his left knee on the third play from scrimmage. Murray promptly was deemed questionable to return, and Arizona eventually ruled him out. Afterward, coach Kliff Kingsbury told Darren Urban of the team's official site that Murray's injury "doesn't look good," and he'll "know more" about its extent Tuesday morning. There's a likelihood Murray has logged his last action of the 2022 campaign, which would leave McCoy to be under center for the final four games.

Dec 12, 2022 9:25 PM EST

Full participant Friday

McCoy (elbow) was listed as a full participant on Friday's injury report and should be available to play Sunday versus the Chargers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: McCoy made his second straight start in place of injured quarterback Kyler Murray (hamstring) during Monday's game against San Francisco, though he came out of this game with a right elbow injury. The 36-year-old backup was then limited during practice Wednesday and Thursday before logging a full session Friday. As a result, McCoy should slot back in behind Murray, who does not carry a a game designation and is expected to be a full go against the Chargers.

Nov 25, 2022 7:46 PM EST

Tending to elbow injury

McCoy was limited at Wednesday's walkthrough practice due to a right elbow injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: In his first start in place of Kyler Murray (hamstring) in Week 10, McCoy picked up a left knee issue. After another nod Monday versus the 49ers in Mexico City, he's dealing with a new health concern. Murray seemingly is in line to be available Sunday against the Chargers after being listed as full on Wednesday's practice estimate. If the preceding comes to pass, Murray will swap back in for McCoy under center, assuming the latter is active himself.

Nov 23, 2022 2:29 PM EST

Trampled by San Francisco

McCoy completed 24 of his 34 passes for 218 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Monday's 38-10 loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: McCoy got his second straight start with Kyler Murray (hamstring) sidelined. He began the performance in promising enough fashion, as he led Arizona to 10 points across their first five possessions while relying heavily on DeAndre Hopkins. However, things fell apart rapidly in the second half, with the result being an abysmal performance from both an individual and team perspective. Murray has been a game-time decision each of the last two weeks, which makes it realistic for him to return in Week 12 against the Chargers.

Nov 21, 2022 10:16 PM EST

Getting another start for Murray

McCoy will start in place of Kyler Murray (hamstring) on Monday against the 49ers in Mexico City, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: With Murray out for a second consecutive contest, McCoy again will get the nod under center. McCoy missed two snaps to have his left leg looked at during a Week 10 win at the Rams and then was limited at the first practice of Week 11 prep due to a knee injury. Having said that, he was able to log full sessions Friday and Saturday and will look to put up another fair effort Monday after completing 26 of 37 passes for 238 yards and one touchdown during the aforementioned victory. Helping McCoy's cause is the fact that DeAndre Hopkins will be available after dealing with a hamstring issue ahead of this game.

Nov 21, 2022 3:57 PM EST

Looks poised for Week 11 start

McCoy appears on track to make a second consecutive start Monday against the 49ers in Mexico City with Kyler Murray (hamstring) listed as questionable but not expected to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Though Murray looks to be in a better spot on the health front this week after practicing on a limited basis Thursday through Saturday, the Cardinals apparently aren't convinced that he's healed enough from the hamstring issue to suit up Monday night. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury previously said Friday that Murray would likely be a game-time call for the Week 11 contest, so the Cardinals could wait to evaluate the signal-caller in a pregame workout before deciding on his status when the team releases its inactive list 90 minutes before the 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff. In the likely scenario that Murray remains out, however, McCoy will pick up another start under center while Trace McSorley serves as his backup. In last week's 27-17 win over the Rams, McCoy completed 26 of 37 attempts for 238 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.

Nov 21, 2022 6:33 AM EST

Full practice Friday

McCoy (knee) practiced in full Friday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: 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 sessions to begin Week 11 prep. How both fare at Saturday's practice 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.

Nov 18, 2022 5:15 PM EST

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