The Chicago Bears knew they were going to face a tall order against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, but things will get even tougher as quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins are set to play for the leaders of the NFC West.
The Cardinals, holders of the NFL’s best record at 9-2, will have Murray and Hopkins back on the field on Sunday, head coach Kliff Kingsbury told NFL Network’s Stacey Dales:
Murray hasn’t played since Oct. 28 against the Green Bay Packers, missing three games for Arizona. In his eight starts, he threw 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions, and racked up 147 yards and three other scores.
Hopkins has also missed the Cardinals’ last three games with a hamstring injury. He has 35 catches this season for 486 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Cardinals managed to go 2-1 in the absence of Murray and Hopkins, Colt McCoy helping them to victories against the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. The Cardinals also got massive production from running back James Conner, who has scored touchdowns in each of their last five games.
If Conner can score against the Bears on Sunday, he will become the first Cardinals running back in franchise history to score in six straight games.
Kick-off between the Cardinals and Bears at Soldier Field will be at noon.