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We hope you're not sick of Kyler Murray news yet ... because you're getting another healthy dose of it.

The A's first-round draft pick and Oklahoma quarterback may not have been playing in the National Championship game in Santa Clara on Monday night, but there are some whispers football is still in his future -- along with baseball.

When newly-minted 49ers broadcaster Greg Papa made an appearance recently on 95.7 The Game's "Joe, Lo and Dibs," he said he's heard that Murray could play both sports -- albeit one at the collegiate level.

"I've heard a lot of rumblings that he may go back to Oklahoma and play next year again, which would still allow him to play for the A's in their minor league system," Papa said. "You can be pro in one sport and amateur in the other, as we know. So, he may do that."

While it is surely possible that Murray could play both sports, there are many complicated factors that would make this unlikely.

Murray's agent Scott Boras has said time and time again that Murray will strictly play baseball, despite multiple rumors about entering the NFL draft.

Additionally, if Murray is confident enough to continue playing football, it seems likely he would try his hand at the NFL -- scouts think he will -- instead of going back to college.

 

Former Michigan quarterback and Yankees prospect Drew Henson had some advice for Murray -- and he knows a thing or two about the crazy world of playing multiple sports at the highest level. Especially when you have to consider the harsh realities of what Minor League Baseball can introduce you to.

Nevertheless, Henson received a six-year, $17 million contract with the Yankees and played in just a few Major League games.

Was that worth it? We can only speculate.

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There are so many things to consider if he does play two sports, especially one as violent as football. It creates more exposure to injury, gives him little downtime to rest, and his throwing motion could even be impacted. Oh, and did we mention the increased susceptibility to injury? 

Murray has surely heard all of this, and everything else that has gone into the decision-making process. We bet he's even made millions of pros and cons lists.

And while he's still given every indication he'll play baseball, all of the chatter makes you think.