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Kingsbury, Keim, Two Others Test Positive for COVID; Out for Sunday's Game

Kliff Kingsbury and two others tested positive for COVID-19, the Cardinals announced on Friday.

Friday evening, the Arizona Cardinals released the following statement:

"Arizona Cardinals head coach KLIFF KINGSBURY, quarterbacks coach CAM TURNER, and defensive tackle ZACH ALLEN will miss Sunday’s game at Cleveland after testing positive for Covid-19. Defensive coordinator VANCE JOSEPH and Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator JEFF RODGERS will split head coaching responsibilities while additional offensive duties will be assumed by other members of the offensive coaching staff."

Fox's Jay Glazer was the first to report it. 

The news comes after outside linebacker Chandler Jones was placed on the COVID list Tuesday after testing positive. Kingsbury confirmed the following day that Jones was symptomatic following his positive test. 

"It’s just the way it goes. You know, we've been fully vaccinated now for a while and unfortunate, particularly for Chandler, who was really playing at a high level and hopefully he can get well rested and be back by next week's game," said Kingsbury this week. "So we'll see how it plays out. Not counting on him this week. I mean, I hope so. But yeah, how I've seen it go so far, I think that would be a stretch.”

This also breaks one day following a report from ESPN's Dan Graziano that three people, including two staff members within the Cardinals organization, had tested positive for COVID-19. 

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After four positive tests, the NFL requires teams to enter intensive COVID protocols, meaning increased testing for players and coaches and which also includes masking and social distancing. 

With Jones, Kingsbury, Allen and Turner all having tested positive, the Cardinals now qualify.

The Cardinals have now had five players land on the COVID-19 list during the regular season. 

Antoine Wesley went on in Week 1. Practice-squad receiver Josh Doctson (subsequently released), tight end Darrell Daniels, Jones and now Allen have all tested positive. 

With key pieces such as Jones, Kingsbury, Turner and Allen out due to COVID, a true team effort by players and coaches will be needed to come away with a win in Cleveland.

It is unknown at this point who will call the offensive plays with both Kingsbury and Turner unable to coach. In last season's playoffs, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski and several coaches were unable to coach because of COVID, but the team was able to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Later on Friday evening, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim reportedly tested positive, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. He won't make the trip to Cleveland.