Mike McCarthy , Dallas Cowboys’ head coach, was tested positive for COVID-19 Monday. He will be absent Thursday’s game against New Orleans Saints.
McCarthy has named defensive coach Dan Quinn the acting head coach. Quinn will be on the sidelines for Thursday’s game. Quinn was already familiar with COVID-19 during the preseason.
McCarthy was shocked by the positive COVID-19 test results, which he spoke about for the first time since being diagnosed. The Cowboys coach was not symptomatic so he didn’t anticipate to be diagnosed with COVID-19.
“I feel good. A little bit of a scratchy feeling in my throat. “I thought it was a little carryover from the game,” McCarthy stated. “I suppose it hasn’t hit me yet.”
Monday’s statement by the Cowboys, via Tom Pelissero addressed McCarthy’s COVID-19 diagnosis. Since then, he has been added to the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols.
“Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Mike McCarthy has been entered in to the NFL’s Covid protocols today,” the Cowboys stated. 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-19.
“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.