AUSTIN (KXAN) — Mike McCarthy, head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, will miss Thursday’s game after entering the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, the Cowboys announced Monday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini reported McCarthy has tested positive for COVID-19. McCarthy is expected to participate in game planning for the Saints, but won’t attend practice.
The Cowboys will be without several coaches Thursday. Offensive line coach Joe Philbin and assistant offensive line coach Joe Blaska also entered the COVID-19 protocol. Offensive tackle Terence Steele was also placed on the COVID-19 list.
The Cowboys haven’t announced an acting head coach yet. Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has recent experience with the Atlanta Falcons. Maybe the Cowboys give offensive coordinator Kellen Moore his first NFL head coaching experience.
Strength coaches Harold Nash Jr., Cedric Smith and Kendall Smith are in protocol, the Cowboys said. However, one of those coaches could possibly return, the team said on its website.
Dallas will try to snap a two-game losing streak, playing the Saints in New Orleans Thursday night.