The Arizona Cardinals placed outside linebacker Chandler Jones on the reserve/COVID-19 list, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday, placing his availability for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns in at least temporary doubt.
Per league rules, if vaccinated, Jones must record two negative PCR tests for the virus at least 24 hours apart, and be asymptomatic for 48 hours, in order to return to the team.
If Arizona is without Jones on Sunday, it would be a blow to the team’s pass rush against a mobile quarterback in the Browns’ Baker Mayfield. No Cardinal other than Jones has recorded more than two sacks on the season. Jones’ five sacks were all amassed in a season-opening win over Tennessee. Since then, however, he’s been far less of a playmaker for the NFC West-leading Cardinals, notwithstanding a fumble recovery against Jacksonville in Week 3.
Jones has stacked up 102 career sacks and three Pro Bowl nods over a 10-year career. At age 31, he’s seeking a new contract while playing on the last year of his deal with the Cardinals.