Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury will be on the sideline for Sunday’s game against the visiting Houston Texans after clearing the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol.
Kingsbury tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 15 and missed the Cardinals’ 37-14 win over the Cleveland Browns two days later.
The 42-year-old Kingsbury, who is vaccinated, tested negative on Saturday and again Sunday morning. He has no symptoms.
Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said Friday that Arizona was prepared to play either with or without Kingsbury.
Kingsbury will look to guide the undefeated Cardinals (6-0) to another win on Sunday when they face the Texans (1-5), who have lost five in a row.
Three-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Chandler Jones and defensive linemen Corey Peters and Zach Allen remain on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
–Field Level Media
Arizona Cardinals pass rusher Chandler Jones will miss the remainder of the season due to a right biceps injury, coach Kliff Kingsbury announced Wednesday morning.
Jones was hoping for a non-surgical treatment for the injury he sustained on Sunday during the second quarter of the Cardinals’ 30-10 win over the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J.
Unfortunately for Jones, that is not an option. The linebacker is expected to have surgery and be sidelined three to four months, Kingsbury said.
“He’s a tremendous player, as we all know,” Kingsbury said. “Great person. Great leader on this team. It’s not going to be easy, but we have some guys who have seen playing time this year who will continue to play and get more.”
Kingsbury said his team will use “a rotation of guys” to replace Jones, who has recorded double-digit sack totals in each of the previous five seasons. He had a league-leading 17 sacks as a first-team All-Pro selection in 2017.
A three-time Pro Bowler (2015, 2017, 2019) had a career-best 19 sacks as an All-Pro last year.
Jones, 30, has followed that up with 11 tackles, one fumble recovery and one sack in his first five games of 2020.
Jones has collected 97 sacks, 432 tackles and 27 forced fumbles in 124 career games with the New England Patriots (2012-15) and Cardinals.
–Field Level Media