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Packers DC Joe Barry tests positive for COVID-19

Field Level Media
26 Oct 2021, 05:19 GMT+10

Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry is unlikely to be with the team Thursday for the showdown with the undefeated Arizona Cardinals.

Barry is working from home after testing positive for COVID-19.

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said Monday that the team is under enhanced COVID-19 protocols, given the short week. All coaches meetings Monday are virtual and everybody in the facility has to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.

"There are potential other issues with the staff," LaFleur told reporters.

On a short week, it's unlikely Barry has ample time to clear NFL health and safety protocols to be present for Thursday's game in Glendale, Ariz.

The Cardinals improved to 7-0 on Sunday, when the Packers notched their sixth straight victory to improve to 6-1.

Barry came under fire following the opening week loss to the New Orleans Saints, but said at the time "it's a marathon, not a sprint."

Since that 38-3 loss in Jacksonville, Fla., the Packers have shown gradual improvement and allowed 24 total points in the past two games. Green Bay's goal-line stand in the third quarter helped cinch the Week 7 win over the Washington Football Team.

Arizona smothered the Houston Texans, 31-5, on Sunday, scoring more than 30 points for the sixth time in seven games.

--Field Level Media

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