Murray’s role was limited to spectator mode at team practices all week while he rehabbed on the sideline, following a lower-foot injury, which was sustained during their Week 1 matchup with the New York Guardians.
An examination by the team’s medical staff toward the end of the first half was conducted, but Murray dismissed the situation in a sideline interview with FOX Sports correspondent Jenny Taft, responding:
Oh, nothing. Just getting hit for the first time in a while. We’ll be good to go for the rest of the game.
“Good to go” was an overstatement, as Murray only completed seven passes, threw an interception and lost possession as the result of a fumble.
Who’s up in Week 2?
Head coach Marc Trestman has been secretive on the QB situation, calling it a game-time decision. “Who starts doesn’t really matter, because they’re both going to be in the game,” Trestman stated.
Trestman was referring to Taylor Cornelius and Quinton Flowers, whose training exercises have been different than they were in December.
While Murray had a successful collegiate football career at the University of Georgia, Cornelius was a one-year starter at Oklahoma State University, with less playing time compared to Murray. However, at 6’6″, Cornelius has a significant height advantage over 6-foot-1 Murray, a former star in the Southeastern Conference. This advantage will allow Cornelius to view the playing field better.
Trestman intended to include Flowers more involved in the Guardians game, but the game’s nature unfortunately dictated otherwise.
“We didn’t get Quinton in the game early as much as we had planned,” Trestman said. “We had plans to play him more frequently in the first half. We’re going to continue to mix it up and make him part of our offense.”
While it is not certain whether Cornelius or Flowers will be starting QB at kickoff in Seattle, the Vipers will be facing off against the sixth-ranked defense in the XFL with the Seattle Dragons, whose lost in Week 1 against the DC Defenders, 19-31, allowing 227 passing yards.
Kickoff time for the Vipers/Dragons matchup is slated for 5 p.m. Eastern on FOX, live from CenturyLink Field.