The New York Jets discovered a positive COVID-19 test in their ranks Friday, seemingly endangering Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.
However, Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Friday his team is operating under the assumption they will be playing on Sunday.
Kliff Kingsbury said today’s trip to the East Coast is “business as usual” as the Jets wait to hear about their COVID-19 tests. Kingsbury said the Cardinals will continue on “until told otherwise."
— Josh Weinfuss (@joshweinfuss) October 9, 2020
The extent to which the Jets might be impacted by the virus remains to be seen.
However, as last week’s situation with the New England Patriots suggests, the NFL might be wise to consider moving the game, if possible.
The league carried on with the Week 4 matchup between the Pats and Kansas City Chiefs, only for New England cornerback Stephen Gilmore to test positive later in the week.
Until then, however, the Cardinals are going about their business, and hoping they can get off their struggles against a 0-4 Jets squad.
Arizona burst from the gate to start the year, stunning the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 and overmatching the Washington Football Team in Week 2.
Second-year quarterback Kyler Murray was making plays with his arm and his legs, and had already developed a chemistry with DeAndre Hopkins. The defense had also shown improvement after ranking towards the bottom of the league in most statistical categories last season.
However, Kingsbury’s squad has begun to slip. The Cardinals gave up a late lead against the Detroit Lions in Week 3, then accumulated a mere 262 yards of total offense in a Week 4 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
The Cardinals desperately need to build momentum in a competitive NFC West, and Kingsbury and Co. will hope to get that opportunity against the Jets — if allowed.