Arizona Cardinals players in COVID-19 protocol reaches 9 with 6 added Thursday
The Arizona Cardinals have nine players in COVID-19 protocol after the team announced six additions to the protocol on Thursday.
The offensive line was particularly hit hard with center Rodney Hudson, left guard Justin Pugh and right tackle Kelvin Beachum among the five.
The other three additions were wide receivers Andy Isabella, KeeSean Johnson and Isaac Whitney.
Cornerback Lorenzo Burns, guard Shaq Calhoun and wide receiver Rico Gafford were previously put in protocol.
The team put defensive lineman J.J. Watt on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday.
The COVID-19 news for the Cardinals comes after a Thursday morning report from the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that the Cardinals had passed the 90% threshold of players getting the vaccination for COVID-19.
"In fact, the number of unvaccinated players can be counted on one hand. Excellent progress," Rapoport tweeted.
Earlier this month the Associated Press reported that the Cardinals were one of four NFL teams with under 50% of its players vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus.
“I don’t want to get into exact percentages, but we’ve made a lot of progress over the past week and see that thing definitely heading in the right direction,” Kingsbury recently said. “I’m glad we’ve made the progress we have recently and I think as a coach, I was on high alert, particularly in these situations of what can happen.
“But I think (head athletic trainer) Tom Reed and our medical staff has done a good job making those guys aware, giving them all the best information for them to make their own personal decisions.”
Kingsbury said that Hudson is expected to return to the Cardinals on Monday.
Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins also missed practice Thursday dealing with an unspecified issue.
Earlier this week, Kingsbury said that the entire Cardinals coaching staff had been vaccinated for COVID-10.