Cardinals, Kliff Kingsbury hit with COVID-19 blow ahead of Week 6 game vs. Browns
The Arizona Cardinals’ undefeated streak is in danger after head coach Kliff Kingsbury and two other team members tested positive for COVID-19.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Kingsbury, quarterbacks coach Cam Turner and defensive end Zach Allen all contracted the dreaded disease. With that said, they have all been ruled out for their Week 6 game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Defensive Coordinator Vance Joseph and Special Teams coach Jeff Rodgers will be working together to split the head coaching duties for the Cardinals in the absence of Kingsbury.
It is also only the latest pandemic debacle for the Cardinals, who saw linebacker Chandler Jones enter the COVID-19 list earlier in the week.
Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury, QBs coach Cam Turner and DL Zach Allen all tested positive today for COVID and are out for Sunday’s game in Cleveland. In Kingsbury's place, DC Vance Joseph and assistant HC/ST coordinator Jeff Rodgers will split the Cards’ head-coaching duties.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 16, 2021
The Cardinals are 5-0 on the season, dominating their opponents by an average margin of 12.4 points. Their biggest win came in Week 1 when they blew out the Tennessee Titans by 25 points. However, that streak is now in jeopardy with the absence of the brain behind the rise of the team.
In a bit of a good news for Arizona, though, it looks like they will be with quarterback and current MVP favorite Kyler Murray in the Browns game. There were fears that the young quarterback could miss the contest after he was added to the injury report last Wednesday due to a shoulder injury.
The Cardinals need every available body they have if they want to keep the streak alive, especially against a Cleveland team hungry for victory after their Week 5 defeat.