Arizona Cardinals put seven players on Reserve/COVID-19 list

(Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) Justin Pugh
(Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) Justin Pugh /

The Arizona Cardinals haven’t had a clean start to training camp this year, due to COVID-19.

In an announcement made on Thursday, Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury revealed that a total of seven players have been placed on the team’s current Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Five of these Cardinals players include Rodney Hudson, Justin Pugh, Andy Isabella, KeeSean Johnson, and Kelvin Beachum.

There was also the addition of Arizona wide receiver Rico Gafford and offensive lineman Shaq Calhoun to the list, as reported by Darren Urban from the team’s official website.

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After being below the 50 percent vaccination threshold earlier this month, the Cardinals just recently got over the 90 percent mark. With that being known, it’s surprising that this has happened. But Kingsbury did say he expects Hudson to return on Monday from the list.

That’s a sigh of relief for one of Arizona‘s biggest acquisitions from the offseason. But for the others, it is concerning. It’s quite hard to find out if a player is vaccinated if they haven’t made it public information, so the length of their return will have to be determined on their vaccination status.

Just because a player was put on the Reserve/COVID-19 list doesn’t mean they have contracted the virus. They can also land on the list if they have come in close contact with someone who tested positive (high risk exposure).

Vaccinated players who are asymptomatic can return to the team after just two negative tests with a 24-hour break between tests. Unvaccinated players will need to quarantine away from the team for at least 10 days.

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Let’s hope this is the only time the Cardinals will have such a large amount of players on their Reserve/COVID-19 list this year.