The Dallas Cowboys have a serious COVID-19 problem. Jon Machota of The Athletic reports that the Cowboys are currently without multiple offensive personnel because of COVID-19. Dallas currently has no offensive staffers or players.
“Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy stated that offensive tackle Terence Steele and offensive line coach Joe Philbin, as well as assistant o-line coach Jeff Blasko, Scott Tolzien, are all on the COVID-19 List,” Machota tweeted. “None will be available for Thursday’s game at New Orleans.”
On Thanksgiving Day against the Las Vegas Raiders (Philbin and Amari Cooper), the Cowboys were without several staff members and players. Both Cooper and Philbin were positive. Cooper is expected to be back in Dallas this week, which is a good thing for Dallas.
Blake Jarwin, a tight end, is currently on injured reserve after sustaining a hip injury. He was also added to the Reserve/COVID-19 roster on Friday.
McCarthy and Jerry Jones look to bounce back after tough November
The Cowboys have struggled through November as they deal with COVID-19. Dallas started the month with a record of 6-1, after a win against the Minnesota Vikings. November was a completely different story.
The Cowboys started the month with a disappointing loss to the Denver Broncos, 30-16. Dallas responded with a dominant 43-3 win over the Atlanta Falcons. But things are not going well again. The Cowboys fell 19-9 to Kansas City Chiefs last week after they failed to score a touchdown. The Cowboys lost 36-33 to the Las Vegas Raiders in overtime on Thanksgiving.
With a record of 7-4, the Cowboys are now ahead of the rest in the NFC East at a vanishing lead. The Philadelphia Eagles could improve their record to 6-6 with a win against the New York Giants Sunday. Washington can improve to 5-6 by beating Seattle on Monday. The Cowboys’ November was rough and they are back in a fight for the NFC East. COVID-19 issues mean that things will get even more difficult.
The Cowboys travel from Dallas to New Orleans on Thursday night to face the Saints. The Cowboys then travel to New York and Washington over the next two weeks. The Cowboys will then close the year with home games against Washington, Arizona, and a trip down to Philadelphia to conclude the regular season.