Nov 17, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Saints’ COVID-19 coaches outbreak up to eight

Two more New Orleans Saints coaches are slated to miss Sunday’s game against the Charlotte Panthers due to COVID-19 protocols, raising the total to eight expected to miss the contest in Charlotte, N.C.

Assistant head coach/defensive line Ryan Nielsen and pass rush specialist Brian Young will not be with the team in Charlotte, the team announced Saturday.

The team announced Friday that seven coaches would miss the game. However, one of those seven, offensive line coach Brendan Nugent, has now been cleared to be with the team on Sunday.

The team said Friday that offensive analyst Jim Chaney, offensive assistant Declan Doyle, assistant special teams coach Phil Galiano, senior offensive assistant/receivers coach Curtis Johnson, run game coordinator/tight ends coach Dan Roushar and running backs coach Joel Thomas are expected to miss the contest.

The team said the coaching responsibilities will be divided among the remaining staff.

Saints coach Sean Payton said earlier this week that the entire coaching staff is vaccinated.

–Field Level Media

Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; MHelmet is seen before a game against the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Five Miami coaches out due to COVID-19 protocols

Five Miami coaches were not available for Sunday’s game at Arizona due to COVID-19 protocols.

The Dolphins identified assistants Gerald Alexander (defensive backs), Robby Brown (quarterbacks), Austin Clark (outside linebackers), Marion Hobby (defensive line) and Kolby Smith (quality control) as those who wouldn’t be present for the game against the Cardinals.

The team announced Friday that an assistant coach had tested positive for the virus and was quarantined immediately.

It wasn’t clear whether any, or how many, of the coaches named on Sunday had tested positive or whether they were in the protocol due to close contact with an infected person.

–Field Level Media