Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Jordan Phillips says he must choose whether to play in the team’s Monday Night Football matchup against the Dallas Cowboys or attend his father’s funeral due to the NFL’s coronavirus guidelines.
Under NFL COVID-19 protocols, the league has banned gatherings of people outside of club facilities.
“The NFL is wanting me to pick between playing in my Monday night game this week or going to my dad’s funeral with the new Covid protocols,” Phillips said in a Wednesday tweet. “Can’t do both, these rules crazy.”
In five games with Arizona in 2020, Phillips has notched seven tackles, 2.0 sacks, a pass deflection and a forced fumble. The defensive lineman is tied with four other Cardinals for the most sacks on the team.
If Phillips were to decide to attend his dad’s funeral, his absence would surely be felt come Monday night.
With outside linebacker and defensive anchor Chandler Jones out for the season with a biceps injury, Phillips will be one of the guys counted on by defensive coordinator Vance Joseph to fill his shoes in the trenches.
Phillips has shown he can step up when called upon. Last season as a member of the Buffalo Bills, Phillips strung together 9.5 sacks in 16 games played. He pressured opposing signal callers 20 times and registered five QB hits to go along with the sack total in 2019.