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.
Coach Kingsbury, QB Coach Cam Turner, and DT Zach Allen will miss Sunday’s game at Cleveland after testing positive for Covid-19.https://t.co/Burp2emaUz— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 16, 2021
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.
Under enhanced mitigation protocols, all players and staff -- regardless of vaccination status -- are COVID tested every day. So still a couple more rounds of tests before kickoff Sunday. https://t.co/X9XaXNe6Es— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 16, 2021
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.
What do the #Cardinals plan to do without Kliff Kingsbury on the sidelines?@MikeGarafolo has the latest news, and @RealMikeRob explains why this is a "huge deal" for Arizona. pic.twitter.com/sJgdvwrCI9— GMFB (@gmfb) October 16, 2021
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.