Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill during game against the Browns
Dec 15, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill reacts during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The state of Arizona is now the worldwide epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. It really has been sad to see virus cases increase at such an alarming clip in the desert state.

This has now impacted the sports world.

Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill hospitalized with COVID-19

“Bidwill has been traveling and spending time on the East Coast for several weeks, where the team thinks he contracted the virus. When he developed symptoms, he went for a test that came back positive,” the Cardinals noted, via their official website. “Bidwill’s doctor then recommended he admit himself to the hospital. His symptoms have subsided and Bidwill is expected to be released sometime this weekend.”

Bidwill, 55, and the Cardinals have done a lot within the Arizona community to help combat the ongoing pandemic. Interestingly enough, it is believed that he contracted the virus back east. That region was the worldwide epicenter of COVID-19 during the spring.

2020 NFL season and COVID-19

Training camps are slated to get going around the league on July 28. Though, there’s a sense of skepticism from players that this will actually happen. Primarily, players want more from the NFL in terms of its COVID-19 testing protocols. There’s also rifts when it comes to the amount of preseason games and player pay.

For now, everything is slated to go on as planned. But in reality, it’s all about how the pandemic plays out. Right now, the Cardinals training in Arizona really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

Vincent Frank
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