Players, assistant coaches and coordinators have all missed National Football League games this season under league Covid-19 protocols, but never has a head coach been absent from the sidelines.
But — according to a statement from the Detroit Lions Thursday — that will change this weekend when the team’s interim head coach Darrell Bevell will be forced to sit out Detroit’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because he is a close contact of someone who tested positive for Covid-19.
In addition to the team’s head coach, the Lions also announced four other coaches — defensive coordinator Cory Undlin, defensive line coach Bo Davis, defensive backs coach Steve Gregory and linebackers coach Ty McKenzie — will also miss the game due to NFL Covid-19 protocols.
The 5-9 Lions host the 9-5 Buccaneers Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.