Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy. (Syndication: The Record)
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The Dallas Cowboys aren’t taking chances with the potential of a COVID outbreak so they’ve moved to virtual meetings this week.
NFL rosters have been unsettled and games postponed by COVID-19 this week, but the Cowboys are one of the few teams without any major problems with the coronavirus.
Defensive lineman Trysten Hill and wide receiver Osa Odighizuwa landed on the COVID list over the weekend and assistant coach Matt Daniels was added Monday. Mike McCarthy wants to make sure the additions end there.
So Dallas is heading virtual for meetings this week.
Cowboys opt for virtual meetings amid NFL COVID outbreaks
NFL COVID protocols aren’t calling for virtual meetings, so Dallas is making the move in a bid to prevent more COVID absences. The team will practice as normal but weight room time will be limited.
All Cowboys meetings will be virtual this week. The players will only be at The Star for practice and weight room availability, which will be limited
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Considering how prevalent COVID is in the NFL right now, it seems smart to preemptively go virtual. Teams got familiar with that model last year and practice itself won’t be impacted by the change.
Even with the NFL changing protocols to try to get players back from the COVID list more quickly, the best outcome is for players and coaches not to end up there in the first place.
The Cowboys beat the Giants on Sunday in a game unaffected by COVID issues. However, the Seahawks vs. Rams and Eagles vs. WFT games were pushed to Tuesday while the Browns vs. Raiders game took place on Monday.
Dallas is supposed to play Washington on Sunday.