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Cowboys' Mike McCarthy (COVID-19) won't coach Thursday

Field Level Media
30 Nov 2021, 03:19 GMT+10

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy will miss Thursday night's game after becoming the latest member of the organization to test positive for COVID-19 on Monday.

McCarthy will not be on the sidelines in New Orleans but will help the Cowboys (7-4) prepare for the Saints (5-6) on a virtual basis.

The team has not announced which assistant coach will handle his duties Thursday, but defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and special teams coordinator John Fassel both have head coaching experience.

The Cowboys placed starting right tackle Terence Steele on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Sunday.

Steele will miss Thursday's game due to NFL protocols, as will offensive line coach Joe Philbin, assistant line coach Jeff Blasko and offensive assistant Scott Tolzien. All three strength coaches -- Harold Nash Jr., Cedric Smith and Kendall Smith -- are in the protocol but the Cowboys said there's a chance one of them could be back by Thursday.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper has missed the past two games in COVID protocols but is expected to return to practice this week.

McCarthy, 58, is in his second season in charge of the Cowboys, who have lost three of their last four games. They fell 36-33 in overtime to the Las Vegas Raiders at home on Thanksgiving Day.

--Field Level Media

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