Devon Kennard, Byron Murphy Placed on COVID-19 List by Cardinals

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

An Arizona Cardinals helmet sits on the turf at Bank of America Stadium prior to an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Brian Westerholt)
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The Arizona Cardinals placed linebacker Devon Kennard and cornerback Byron Murphy on the COVID-19/Reserve list on Monday.

Kennard discussed the diagnosis after head coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed on Monday that two players had tested positive during the Cardinals' bye week.

DK @DevonKennard

I learned that like many others, I have tested positive for Covid 19. Thankfully, I feel completely normal so far. Please keep my family & I in your prayers as we navigate this. I look forward to being back on the field w/my teammates as soon as I am cleared & it’s safe to do so!

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport first reported the news of the positive tests on Sunday.

The Cardinals had a bye in Week 8. Garafolo tweeted that Arizona's team facility was closed Sunday and underwent a "deep cleaning." Plans to practice Monday are unchanged.

The Las Vegas Raiders had a somewhat similar situation when they placed Trent Brown on the NFL's reserve/COVID-19 list on Oct. 21. As a precautionary measure, the Raiders' other starting offensive linemen went into isolation.

In that case, however, the Raiders had already returned to practice when Brown's positive test was flagged.

Arizona's situation still remains fluid and could change pending further testing. Pro Football Talk's Josh Alper noted Arizona may have to conduct remote meetings and be masked during practice based on the league's COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

In their last game, the Cardinals earned a hard-fought 37-34 victory over the previously unbeaten Seattle Seahawks in overtime. Kyler Murray threw for 360 yards and three touchdowns and guided the offense into position for Zane Gonzalez's 48-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in overtime.

Arizona is back in action Nov. 8 at home to the Miami Dolphins.


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