Kingsbury Cardinals coach to miss Browns game after positive COVID test

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The Arizona Cardinals’ current COVID-19 issues deepened on Friday.

After ESPN reported on Thursday three Cardinals tested positive, the team revealed on Friday afternoon that they were head coach Kliff Kingsbury, defensive tackle Zach Allen and quarterback coach Cam Turner.

Friday night NFL reporter Ian Rapoport revealed Cardinals general manager Steve Keim also contracted the coronavirus.

This is the Cardinals’ fifth total positive test this week, starting with their All-Pro outside linebacker Chandler Jones placed on their COVID-19 roster on Tuesday.

There has been no report of a forfeiture of the Cardinals for their game against the Browns.

Kingsbury, Allen, Turner and Keim will not travel with the team for their Sunday road game to face the Cleveland Browns as they enter COVID protocol.

ESPN NFL Senior Writer Jeremy Fowler reported Tight end Zach Ertz, the Cardinals’ latest acquisition from the Philadelphia Eagles, had the option to stay in Philadelphia for the weekend. However, Ertz opted to fly to Arizona and then travel to Cleveland with the team to meet his new teammates and investigate the offense with the coaches on the plane. He is not eligible to play until Oct. 24 against the Houston Texans after passing his physical exam to finalize the trade on Friday.

Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and assistant head coach / special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers will share their head coaching duties. The other assistants of the team will perform the functions where they deem necessary. This includes offensive line coach / running play coordinator Sean Kugler who could help with the offensive play call.

The Cardinals now have 22 high-level positive COVID tests from the NFL since training camp began in July.

This means they go into intensive protocols, testing multiple players and staff.

The team was 100% vaccinated since early September.

League protocol requires that vaccinated players and staff who test positive be immediately isolated, not allowed access to club facilities, or come into direct contact with players or staff. Club medical staff are in regular communication with those who test positive to monitor for symptoms.

Vaccinated individuals on the team should be further tested negative twice 24 hours apart and should be asymptomatic for 48 hours before being allowed to return to the team premises. If vaccinated people do not return two consecutive negative tests, they may come back after 10 days.

Kingsbury met reporters on Friday morning after their training. He was unmasked, but reporters in the Cardinals media room were as they are required to.

Concerns about Browns RB Hunt

Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph explained Thursday why the Browns’ best rushing offense is so hard to stop.

When news of the absence of second league leader Nick Chubb broke on Sunday, it likely relieved many Cardinals fans given the defensive weakness of Arizona, ranked 28th in the league.

But Kingsbury believes the Browns ‘second-best running back, speedster Kareem Hunt, will still be problematic for the Cardinals’ defensive plan.

“Unfortunately, they have another one who can plug straight in, Kareem Hunt, who is as good as anyone in the league,” Kingsbury said. “Nick Chubb is a great player and it will be a loss no matter what, but they’re hooking up one who can do special things, so we know we’re going to have our hands full.”

Conner opens up about his victory in November

Maintaining an undefeated record won’t be easier for the 5-0 Cardinals, especially as Cardinals players continue to spin in their grand carousel of injuries and positive COVID tests.

Despite the Cardinals’ historic start to the season, running back James Conner knows the true positioning of teams in the playoffs begins in November. Conner played his first four years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who made the playoffs in 2017 and 2020

“You have to win in November, in these big games. It’s getting cold outside. It’s a good thing we’re in (Arizona), but it’s just important at the end of the season with these wins, you have to stack up. these victories to be in a good position for the future. “

Zaven Collins ready for Mike LB role

Cardinals rookie inside linebacker Zaven Collins said he’s learned a lot since preseason after making “tons of mistakes” in games.

He went from a three-game start with fellow linebackers Isaiah Simmons and Jordan Hicks, to occasional playing time, including special teams last Sunday in their home win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Kingsbury said the MIKE Hicks linebacker is a game time decision for Sunday because he suffers from a toe injury. As Collins was prepared by Hicks, Collins said he was ready if called upon to replace his mentor by calling defensive plays into the box.

“Right now, with Jordan having the green point, I’m pretty much helping him,” Collins said. “We kind of behave like a duo whenever we’re in a squad or when we’re together on the pitch. He’ll call me, I’ll tell him part of the defense, he’ll talk to the other. it’s trying to install something here, i’m trying to install something here, so we’re sort of working in tandem together, and that’s fine. So I’m ready to take over as well if it comes down to that. “

Injury report, game status

The Cardinals players who did not train on Friday were center Rodney Hudson (ribs / shoulder) and LB Tanner Vallejo. They will be absent for Sunday’s game in Cleveland.

Other limited cardinals during practice were right tackle Kelvin Beachum (ribs), RB Chase Edmonds (shoulder), LB Jordan Hicks, CB Byron Murphy Jr. (ribs) and Marco Wilson (ribs). Beachum, Edmonds, Hicks, Murphy and Wilson are all questionable for Sunday. Their QB Kyler Murray (right shoulder) TE Darrell Daniels (hand), LB Dennis Gardeck, WR DeAndre Hopkins (illness) were all in full participation on Friday and will be ready to play on Sunday.

Browns players who did not practice Friday include Chubb, LB Malcolm Smith (abdomen), tackles Jack Conklin (knee) and Jedrick Willis Jr. (ankle). Chubb and Smith are out for Sunday’s game. Their limited teammates in Friday’s practice include Hunt (wrist / knee), defensive ends Jadeveon Clowney (elbow / knee), Myles Garrett (knee / ankle) and Takkarist McKinley (knee / ankle), CBs AJ Green (shoulder / knee) ), Greg Newsome II (calf) and Denzel Ward (neck), DT Malik Jackson (knee) and Malik McDowell (elbow / foot / neck), center JC Tretter (knee) and TE David Njoku (knee). Clowney, Conklin, Garrett, Green, Hunt, McKinley, Newsome, Tretter, Ward and Willis are all questionable for Sunday.

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