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Report: Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy tests positive for Covid-19, Dan Quinn to take over for Week 13

Dallas head coach is coming off tough loss against Raiders on Thanksgiving and got some more bad news to start Week 13. This could be an outbreak for Dallas, which isn’t good.

Head coach Mike McCarthy of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after a penalty call in the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at AT&T Stadium on November 25, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

Monday update: Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will take over the decision making during the game with McCarthy sidelined due to COVID-19, per Jori Epstein.

Dallas Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy has tested positive for Covid-19, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported early Monday. The Cowboys played Thursday afternoon on Thanksgiving in Week 12, losing a tough game in overtime to the Las Vegas Raiders. Dallas dropped to 7-4 on the season but remains in first place in the NFC East.

According to the report, the Cowboys are dealing with an outbreak with 8 positive tests including McCarthy. There are also reports QB Dak Prescott is vaccinated, so he should be fine heading into Thursday night vs. the Saints. McCarthy won’t coach in the game this week.

The Cowboys got some help from the New York Giants on Sunday when they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles at home. Philly had a shot to pull within 1.5 games of first place. Instead, Dallas still has a 2.5 game cushion on the Eagles heading into Week 13 vs. the New Orleans Saints.

The Cowboys have had issues with Covid protocols the past few weeks, most notably involving top WR Amari Cooper. He’s missed the past two games due to a positive Covid-19 test and was set to return to practice if everything went well starting this week. That remains unclear, though Cooper has been out for a while, so he should be good to return. The issue is the other players/personnel who may be affected by this latest outbreak.