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Arizona HC Kliff Kingsbury out for Sunday’s game with COVID-19

Kingsbury, QB coach Cam Turner and defensive lineman Zach Allen will all miss the game against the Browns.

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The Cleveland Browns will take on the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, but there will be a familiar face missing from the Arizona sideline.

Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury will not be at the game after testing positive for COVID-19. He is among a group that includes quarterback coach Cam Turner, defensive lineman Zach Allen and defensive end Chandler Jones who have all been diagnosed with COVID-19 this week.

Jones is the only one of the group not officially ruled out for the game.

With Kingsbury sidelined, defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, who went 11-21 in two seasons as head coach of the Denver Broncos, and assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers will divide up the head coaching responsibilities, according to azcardinals.com.

As of right now, the NFL is not considering making a change to Sunday’s game, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. However, the Cardinals are now in the league’s enhanced protocols for COVID-19, which means all players and staff are now subject to daily COVID-19 tests, which could catch a couple of more players and sideline them for the game.

The Browns of course dealt with a similar situation last season as they had to play the Pittsburgh Steelers in a Wild Card playoff game without head coach Kevin Stefanski and barely any practice time.

Cleveland steamrolled the Steelers that night; hopefully, they can keep the Cardinals from writing a similar happy ending on Sunday.