Every player on the Arizona Cardinals roster has managed to avoid the horrific coronavirus that continues to disrupt the world
The head coach of the Arizona Cardinals has to be thanking his lucky stars. While COVID-19 has been taking it’s toll on the National Football League, Kliff Kingsbury’s squad has somehow managed to steer clear of the pandemic. Have the players excelled at the art of social distancing, or are the Cards quite simply one of pro football’s most fortunate teams?
Perhaps it’s a little bit of both. To their credit, Arizona has yet to place a player on the league’s Reserve/COVID-19 list, which means a couple of things. No Cardinals have tested positive for the coronavirus thus far, or have even been around anyone who has.
Baseball lovers saw how the actions of a bunch of immature members of the Miami Marlins threatened to sabotage the 2020 MLB campaign. Several of that club’s players contracted the virus, and spread it throughout the clubhouse, after an ill-advised night out on the town. Kudos to the Cards for avoiding the temptations that the Marlins succumbed to.
While the entire Cardinals roster has fended off the coronavirus, the organization’s owner/president was not so lucky. Last month, Michael Bidwill tested positive for COVID-19 while traveling on the East Coast. The 55-year old admitted himself into a Rhode Island hospital after experiencing symptoms while on the trip
Marcus Gilbert, who was projected to be Arizona’s starting right tackle, has elected to opt out of the upcoming season. The 32-year old, along with a few of his family members, fell under the category of “high-risk”. Gilbert, up until this point at least, is the only Cardinal to pass on playing in 2020.
With the exception of Gilbert, the Cards will be entering training camp with their full arsenal of weapons. If they can maintain their good health, there’s a good possibility that the franchise will be back in the postseason for the first time in five years