TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians had tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. It was originally believed that he would be isolated this week as the team traveled to MetLife to take on the New York Jets. However, due to a change in the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, Arians may be able to make the trip.
The team’s assistant head coach and run game coordinator Harold Goodwin has stepped into the role of Interim head coach and has kept in contact with Bruce Arians daily, updating him on the team’s daily practices.
Goodwin spoke with the media on Friday. He stated that Arians felt good, and there is a possibility that he could make it back in time for Sunday’s game.
“I talked to him last night. I haven’t talked to him today. Usually, I’ll call him after practice, but yesterday he sounded really good, so there’s probably a chance that he makes it back. [We] always want our leader around. He’s the head guy, so if we can get him back, [we’ll] get him back and keep our mojo going.”
The Buccaneers have been dealt their fair share of injuries and getting their head coach back, is certainly a boost for morale, heading into the final two-game stretch of the season.