Cardinals assistant relieved of duties after incident in Mexico City

Sean Kugler, the running game coordinator and chief offensive line coach for the Cardinals, has been relieved of his duties by the team after an incident in Mexico City on Sunday night a day after the team arrived there for its game against the 49ers on “Monday Night Soccer.”

Details on what exactly happened remain sketchy, but Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed to The Republic on Tuesday that Kugler, 56, was not present during Arizona’s 38-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at Estadio Azteca and was sent back to the Valley beforehand .

“We relieved him of his duties, and he was sent home Monday morning prior to the game,” Kingsbury said.

The Arizona Cardinals relieved offensive line coach and running game coordinator of his duties on Monday prior to the team's game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Kingsbury said the move is permanent, meaning Kugler is no longer an employee of the team. He was part of Kingsbury’s original staff with the Cardinals in 2019 and had earned steady praise by players, coaches and members of the front office.

“It’s challenging anytime you make a staff change in that type of manner and I’m just going to leave it at that,” Kingsbury told The Republic.

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