TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury and an assistant coach and player will miss the Cardinals’ game Sunday at Cleveland after testing positive for COVID-19.
Quarterbacks coach Cam Turner and defensive tackle Zach Allen also will be sidelined for the NFL’s only unbeaten team.
Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, who has head coaching experience in Denver, and assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers will split head coaching responsibilities for Arizona, which is 5-0 for the first time since 1974. Additional offensive duties will be assumed by other members of the offensive coaching staff, the team said Friday.
Kingsbury has said earlier this week that the team has been 100% vaccinated for quite a while, but that hasn’t stopped the virus from upending their plans to win a sixth straight game.
The Cardinals are already likely without star linebacker Chandler Jones, who was put on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday. Allen — a third-year pro — is also a key piece to the Cardinals’ defense and had a sack last week in a win over the 49ers.