Mike McCarthy , Dallas Cowboys’ head coach, was positive for COVID-19 Monday. This means that he will not be able to attend Thursday’s New Orleans Saints game. McCarthy appointed Dan Quinn, the defensive coordinator, to be his point person and decision-maker.
Quinn will be coaching from the sidelines on Thursday.
The former Atlanta head coach dealt with COVID-19 himself in the preseason. The Cowboys are gearing up to take on the 5-6 Saints on the road.
“Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Mike McCarthy has been entered in to the NFL’s Covid protocols today,” the Cowboys stated in a statement via Pelissero. McCarthy will still be involved in all meetings and preparations for the Saints game on Thursday, even though he won’t be there.
“The team will conduct all its meetings today online and continue with its regularly scheduled practice session at 12.15 p.m.”
McCarthy believes that the Cowboys did a great job in preventing COVID.
“Mike McCarthy said this morning on (105.3 FM The fan) that he believes the Cowboys have done an outstanding job in taking extra steps to stop the spread of COVID-19. He also mentioned that he recently moved into the Omni Frisco Hotel, The Star,” Jon Machota tweeted.
Eight positive COVID tests have been performed by the Cowboys, including one on McCarthy. This list includes offensive coach Joe Philbin, Jeff Blasko, and Scott Tolzien, an assistant offensive coach. Terance Steele, offensive lineman, recently transferred to the Reserve/COVID roster.
Multiple players had COVID issues that resulted in the Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. On Thursday, wide receivers Amari Cooper and TJ Vasher were both out. Blake Jarwin, tight end, was also on the Reserve/COVID roster.
The Cowboys currently stand at 7-4 for the season. Dallas is losing ground in the NFC East. Over the past month, the Boys have been outperformed by the Washington Football Team and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys will host four NFC East matchups in the upcoming schedule. These matches will take place over the last six regular season games.