Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury, 2 others to miss Sunday game due to COVID-19 diagnosis

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game at State Farm Stadium in October 2021. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Officials with the Arizona Cardinals announce on Oct. 15 that two coaches and a defensive tackle will miss a game against the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 17 due to COVID-19.

In a statement, officials say head coach Kliff Kingsbury, quarterbacks coach Cam Turner, and defensive tackle Zach Allen all tested positive for COVID-19.

"Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Jeff Rodgers will split head coaching responsibilities while additional offensive duties will be assumed by other members of the offensive coaching staff," read a portion of the statement.

The news adds to the virus woes for the NFL’s only unbeaten team, which also put star linebacker Chandler Jones on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.

Related: AP Source: Cardinals LB Jones tests positive for COVID-19

Kingsbury 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.

"It’s just the way it goes," Kingsbury said Wednesday, one day after Jones was put on the list. Kingsbury said Jones was experiencing symptoms.

The third-year coach did his usual Friday morning media availability at the team’s practice facility, several hours before the news came that he’d tested positive.

The Cardinals should be in good hands with Joseph and Rodgers. Joseph was the Broncos’ head coach in 2017 and 2018 and has helped Arizona make steady improvement on the defensive style of the ball. Still, the team will likely miss Kingsbury’s playcalling, which has been among the league’s most creative since he came into the league.

Allen — a third-year pro — is a key piece to the Cardinals’ defense and had a sack last week in a win over the 49ers. Jones was the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after a five-sack performance in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans.

The Associated Press (AP) contributed to this report

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