Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians tests positive for COVID-19, could miss Week 17 vs. Jets

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The Buccaneers clinched the NFC South with a big win over the Panthers on Sunday. Two days later, they’ve suffered three big losses, with head coach Bruce Arians testing positive for COVID-19 and starting cornerbacks Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting landing on COVID reserve. The NFL has since revised its COVID protocols to reduce isolation requirements, but it remains to be seen if Arians, Dean and Murphy-Bunting will still be unavailable for Week 17 against the Jets.

Arians, 67, has already begun quarantining at home, the Buccaneers announced Tuesday, with assistant head coach and run game coordinator Harold Goodwin filling in as acting head coach. The NFL had been requiring at least 10 days of isolation for symptomatic or unvaccinated players and staff who test positive for COVID, but the league has reduced its mandated quarantine to five days for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Arians, then, could theoretically return to the sidelines ahead of Sunday’s matchup with New York.

As the league’s third-oldest head coach and, more notably, a repeat cancer survivor, Arians has long taken additional precautions to avoid COVID-19. Previous cancer diagnoses make him particularly vulnerable to COVID and its more serious effects.

Dean had previously been sidelined with an illness. Should both he and Murphy-Bunting remain out, the Bucs would be set to turn to veteran Richard Sherman and reserves Ross Cockrell and Carlton Davis at cornerback.

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