The Dallas Cowboys want to have "all hands on deck'' for the all-important NFL Week 17 game at the New York Giants at noon CT on Sunday. But due to the coronavirus, that will not even be the case with Mike McCarthy's coaching staff.
And now, additionally, we’ve got more names in the news: The Sunday inactives.
QB Ben DiNucci
CB Rashard Robinson
RB Sewo Olonilua
OLB Leighton Vander Esch
DE Bradlee Anae
G Zack Martin
Already problematic: a trio of assistant coaches for the Cowboys did not travel to New York for the team’s game against the NFC East rival Giants.
Assistant head coach Rob Davis, assistant special-teams coach Matt Daniels and offensive assistant Scott Tolzien did not travel in order to to adhere to NFL COVID-19 protocols.
The team is saying that the trio of assistants' responsibilities will be handled by other members of the coaching staff.
This news comes on the heels of safety Darian Thompson, a rotational member of the secondary and an important special-teams player, was sidelined due to the coronavirus, as was backup defensive lineman Justin Hamilton.
Both were placed on the NFL's new COVID-19 reserve list, and will miss Sunday's game, the winner of which stays alive in a bid to win the NFC East and to host a Round 1 NFL Playoffs game, pending the outcome of the Sunday Night Football game between the Washington Football Team and the Philadelphia Eagles. If the Eagles win, the winner of the Dallas-New York game advances.