Virus keeps Kingsbury from practice as Cards prep for Texans

Fri Oct 22 2:22pm ET
By DAVID BRANDT
AP Sports Writer

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In this Oct. 3, 2021, file photo, Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury walks on the field before the team's NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Inglewood, Calif. Kingsbury and an assistant coach and a player will miss the Cardinals' game Sunday at Cleveland after testing positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)


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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) scores a touchdown as Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones (55) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Linebacker Chandler Jones was back at the Arizona's practice facility on Friday. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury was not.

The undefeated Cardinals are still sifting through COVID-19 issues as they prepare to face the Houston Texans on Sunday. Arizona's trying to push to 7-0 for the first time since 1974.

Kingsbury, quarterbacks coach Cam Turner, Jones and defensive linemen Zach Allen and Corey Peters all missed last week's 37-14 win over the Cleveland Browns after testing positive on the virus. So far, only Turner and Jones have returned.

Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said Kingsbury is ''getting better by the day'' and the team is still hoping he'd be cleared by Sunday. Joseph added that if Kingsbury's not available, the Cardinals would go with a similar plan as last week's game in Cleveland, where Joseph was in charge of the defense and assistant receviers coach Spencer Whipple called the offensive plays.

Kingsbury has been able to handle all the offensive meetings virtually from his home.

''The plan that we have on that side of the ball is Kliff's plan, even with the virtual stuff,'' Joseph said. ''It's like he's in the room with us. Nothing's changed from a prep standpoint.''

Jones was out for more than a week after being put on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Oct. 12. The 31-year-old edge rusher had five sacks in the season opener against the Tennesee Titans, which earned him NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

Kingsbury said last week that Jones was experiencing symptoms from the virus. It's unclear if he'll play against the Texans.

''We're just gauging his physical nature, basically to see how much he can play or if he can play,'' Joseph said. ''He's here, he's smiling, he's in good spirits. We'll see how it works out.''

The Cardinals have a quick turnaround after Sunday's game. They'll host the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.

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Blake Jarwin Nov 27 11:10am ET
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Myles Gaskin Nov 27 10:50am ET
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Jaylen Waddle Nov 27 10:50am ET
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Tua Tagovailoa Nov 27 10:40am ET
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David Johnson Nov 27 10:30am ET
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Tyrod Taylor Nov 27 10:30am ET
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Rex Burkhead Nov 27 10:20am ET
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