Head coach Kliff Kingsbury doesn't expect Jones (illness) to play in Sunday's game against the Browns, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Jones was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday after he tested positive for the coronavirus. He hasn't recorded a sack since he had five in Week 1, but his absence nonetheless improves the matchup for Baker Mayfield and other parts of the Cleveland passing game. Jones ranks second in the NFL with 14 quarterback hits, trailing only Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (16).
Jones recorded six tackles, including five sacks, and two forced fumbles during Sunday's 38-13 victory at Tennessee. Jones' performance was a tour de force, with the pass rusher making life miserable for the Titans offensive line and Ryan Tannehill in particular. Among his feats Sunday, Jones became the first player since the sack become an official stat in 1982 to tally three sacks in the first quarter of the first day of the season -- per Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site -- and tied the single-game franchise record for sacks. Plus, both of Jones' forced fumbles led directly to Arizona touchdowns. After recording just one sack in five games in an injury-shortened 2020, he looked like the player who notched double digit sacks in six of the previous seven campaigns.
Jones (undisclosed) missed practice Tuesday and will not play in Friday's preseason game against the Chiefs. but he does not have a serious injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. The team is likely exercising caution when it comes to its veteran linebacker, making sure he is at full strength for Week 1. In his absence, look for Victor Dimukeje and Jamell Garcia-Williams to see expanded preseason reps.
Jones (biceps) reported to training camp Tuesday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. Jones is entering the final season of his five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Cardinals and didn't attend June minicamp while vying for an extension. The 31-year-old only appeared in five games in 2020 before suffering a season-ending biceps injury, but prior to that he had logged four straight 16-game campaigns in Arizona, with a total of 40 sacks over that span. Though Jones' future with the Cardinals is somewhat murky, he and new teammate J.J. Watt look positioned to form one of the most formidable pass-rushing duos in the league in 2021 if they can both stay healthy.
Jones' absence from June minicamp seemingly was related to his desire for a contract extension, Darren Urban of azcardinals.com reports. Jones is believed to have made a full recovery from the season-ending biceps tear he suffered Week 5 last year. Prior to that, he recorded 11 or more sacks in five straight seasons, averaging 14.5 per year from 2015 to 2019. Now entering the final season of a five-year, $82.5 million contract, Jones should have more pass-rushing help in Arizona after the team signed DE J.J. Watt at the beginning of the offseason. Assuming everything gets worked out with his contract, Jones is well-positioned to return to double-digit sack territory.
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