The Arizona Cardinals host the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football on October 28, which is one of the most highly coveted matchups of the season.
Unfortunately for the Packers, there’s a COVID-19 situation brewing.
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Earlier on October 25, sources told Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport that Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry tested positive for COVID-19 and will surely miss Thursday’s matchup.
Barry will still be part of the planning virtually.
Later in the day, Packers announced star receiver Davante Admas was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
According to NFL insider Adam Schefter, “the Packers now have entered enhanced mitigation COVID protocols that call for daily testing and masks to be worn at the facility.”
This is a huge development since Adams is quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ top-flight receiving option. The four-time Pro-Bowler is third in the NFL with 744 receiving yards on 52 catches in seven games so far.
If a player and coach test negative for COVID after two consecutive days, they would be able to return. However, the chances of that happening in a short week are slim to none.
The Packers have weathered the storm of injuries to cornerback Jaire Alexander, linebacker Preston Smith and edge rusher Za’Darius Smith, as they’ve won the last five games.
But facing a high-powered offensive attack and top-flight defense and not only being banged up but losing a defensive coordinator as well as a star receiver is unfamiliar territory.
Adversity Familiar with Cardinals
According to The Athletic Packers reporter Matt Schneidman, the Packers are 6-0 without Adams over the past three seasons. But if Adams is out, the Packers receiving room will now deploy Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Amari Rodgers and Equanimeous St. Brown.
The Packers could also activate Marquez-Valdes-Scantling ahead of Thursday’s game, who’s been on injured reserve since October 2 with a hamstring injury.
Luckily for Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers has a history of making his receivers better. Coach Kliff Kingsbury is well aware no matter what, Rodgers can change the whole game around.
“It’s not fun the way he orchestrates offense. Even when you have it covered, his off-schedule stuff makes it tough. It makes for some sleepless nights.”
Sportbooks are going on the Cardinals’ side to an even further extent after the Packers COVID situation regarding Barry and Adams. The Cardinals are now favored six points after being simply a home favorite at three points.
The Cardinals have had to overcome their own COVID adversity as well. They lost their own head coach in Kingsbury, All-Pro edge rusher Chandler Jones and defensive lineman Zach Allen.
Speaking of Jones, there was good news pertaining to his COVID situation.
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The Cardinals announced that they activated LB Chandler Jones and DL Zach Allen from the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
While the Packers are losing their star player and coordinator and potentially more, the Cardinals are getting closer and closer to 100%.
This leaves defensive tackle Corey Peters as the last player on the Reserve/COVID list. He’s eligible to come off the list on October 27.