COVID-19 continues to be a problem in the Dallas Cowboys’ organization. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy has been positive for COVID.
Schefter also reported that the Cowboys are currently dealing with multiple positive test results.
Schefter tweeted, “As one source just said: there are up to 8 positives in Dallas’.” “Details still rolling in.”
McCarthy joins an extensive list of Cowboys staffers who are on the Reserve/COVID roster. All three of Joe Philbin’s offensive line coaches, Jeff Blasko (assistant offensive line coach), and Scott Tolzien (offensive coaching assistant) are on the Reserve/COVID roster. They will all be absent from Thursday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. Terance Steele, offensive lineman, will also be absent.
Due to COVID issues, Dallas also lost multiple players and coaches to the Las Vegas Raiders’ Thanksgiving Day loss.
Due to COVID, the Cowboys were without several players on Thanksgiving Thursday. TJ Vasher, Robert Foster, and wide receiver Amari Cooper were all on the Reserve/COVID roster. Blake Jarwin was tight end. Cedric Smith, assistant strength and conditioning coach, was also on the Cowboys’ COVID protocol. Cooper is expected to return Thursday.
COVID runs through Dallas, which can lead to issues on the field. The Cowboys started November with a record of 6-1. The Cowboys have seen a change in Dallas over the past month. The Cowboys began November with a disappointing loss to the Denver Broncos, 30-16. Dallas responded with a win of 43-3 over the Atlanta Falcons. However, Dallas lost 19-9 to Kansas City Chiefs the week after. The Cowboys fell to the Raiders by 36-33 in overtime on Thanksgiving.
The Cowboys are now at 7-4, and their lead over the rest of NFC East is dwindling. On Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles lost to New York Giants. The Eagles now stand at 5-7. On Monday, the Washington Football Team will play the struggling Seattle Seahawks. Washington will go from 5-6 to 6 with a win.
Dallas will take on New Orleans on Thursday, before moving into the heart NFC East play. In consecutive weeks, the Cowboys will face Washington and Giants. After that, Dallas hosts Arizona and Washington before Philadelphia wraps up the regular season.