Report: Cardinals' Chandler Jones placed on Reserve/COVID-19 list after positive test

Bob McManaman
Arizona Republic
Oct 10, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones (55) celebrates after beating the San Francisco 49ers 17-10 at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports

The Cardinals might be without edge rusher Chandler Jones when they meet the Browns in Cleveland on Sunday after it was learned the outside linebacker has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive for the virus.

ESPN’s Field Yates was the first to report the news.

Jones has been vaccinated and if he is asymptomatic, he will be able to return to the team after two negative tests within a 24-hour span. However, if he is experiencing symptoms, he must remain in isolation until he returns two negative tests and is asymptomatic for 48 hours. If that doesn’t happen, Jones will not be eligible to return for 10 days.

Jones opened the season by tying the single-game franchise record with five sacks against Ryan Tannehill during the Cardinals’ 38-13 victory at Tennessee. He hasn’t registered another sack since, but has nine tackles, 14 quarterback hits, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

If he can’t play against the Browns, it would open the door for more playing time for Devon Kennard, Dennis Gardeck, Kylie Fitts and possibly rookie Victor Dimukeje, who has been inactive through the first five weeks.

More on Jones’ situation should become clearer on Wednesday when coach Kliff Kingsbury meets with reporters following practice.

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