The Cardinals travel to New York to take on the winless Jets, azcentral’s Bob McManaman, Katherine Fitzgerald and Kent Somers break down the Cardinals game plan and share who they think will win on Sunday.
The Arizona Cardinals are on the East Coast and still prepared to play Sunday against the New York Jets as planned, following some brief uncertainty Friday.
The Jets had a presumptive positive COVID-19 test Friday morning. Jets players and coaches were sent home to prepare virtually for the game, as the team followed league protocols for isolation, repeat testing and contact tracing.
“This evening, we received negative PCR COVID-19 test results for all players, coaches and personnel,” the Jets said in a statement Friday. “…We look forward to our game this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.”
Well before the Jets got back the results from the follow-up round of testing, the Cardinals were operating as if their game would not be affected.
“As now, it’s business as usual,” coach Kliff Kingsbury said Friday after practice. “We’re heading out today and getting ready to play on Sunday until told otherwise.”
Kingsbury said practice went well, and tackle D.J. Humphries said Friday that the news had not affected players or their preparation. They recognized that any changes would be outside their control.
“Whatever happens, happens,” Humphries said. “We still have to play a game, so we’re preparing for the game to go on Sunday. If it changes, it changes. But if not, we’ll be ready to go on Sunday.”
Still, players and coaches surely saw the news pop up on phone screens and on television tickers around the facility in the hours before practice. Even if it did not