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Arizona Cardinals Begin Preseason After Training Camp COVID-19 Struggles

The Arizona Cardinals are set to play their first preseason game Friday against the Dallas Cowboys.

Multiple players have been exposed to COVID-19 throughout their training camp, which, under new National Football League rules, may affect their win-loss record this season.

A new NFL rule states that if a game cannot be rescheduled due to a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players, the team with the outbreak will be credited with a loss.

The Cardinals currently have five players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, meaning they have come into close contact with someone with coronavirus. The team has had 13 different players on the list this summer, including nine players at one time. 

On July 16, the Associated Press reported the Cardinals were one of the last teams to reach a 50% vaccination rate. But, as of July 29, head coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed reports that more than 90% of the team had been fully vaccinated.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.