Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Bruce Arians isolated after positive COVID test

TAMPA, Fla. Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians has tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Tuesday.

Arians isolate themselves at home. He told ESPN that he is okay and is dealing with mild symptoms, primarily coughing.

“I tested positive for COVID-19 this morning, but have only experienced mild symptoms so far,” Arians said in a statement issued by the team.

Assistant head coach and driving game coordinator Harold Goodwin will handle Arians’ duties on a temporary basis.

“I have full confidence in him and the rest of our coaching staff to prepare the team for this week’s game against the Jets,” Arians said in his statement. “I look forward to joining the team again and being back in the facility as soon as I can test again.”

Arians, 69, has had several health problems throughout his career, including a prostate cancer diagnosis in 2007, a skin cancer diagnosis in 2013 and kidney cell carcinoma that required part of his kidney to be removed in 2017. He had to undergo a physical to make sure he was healthy enough to coach the Buccaneers before accepting the job in 2019, and he has not had any documented health issues while in Tampa.

The Arians are the second member of the Bucs’ coaching staff to test positive this week. On Monday, wide receiver coach Kevin Garver tested positive, as did wide receiver Mike Evans.

Goodwin has worked with Arians since 2007, when he was the offensive line coach and quality control coordinator, when Arians was the offensive coordinator at the Pittsburgh Steelers. He took the Arians to the Indianapolis Colts, where he served as an offensive line coach as the Arians were offensive coordinator and interim head coach. He was then the Arians’ offensive coordinator with the Arizona Cardinals from 2013 to 2017.

On Tuesday, the Bucs announced that cornerbacks Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean would be placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list, bringing the total number of Buccaneers players and coaches to seven. Last week, defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches and kick returner Jaelon Darden were placed on the list.


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