The Cincinnati Bengals have had several assistant coaches miss time in the last two weeks due to COVID-19.
Now, another coach as reportedly contracted the virus, as Tom Pelissero reports defensive line coach Nick Eason has tested positive for COVID-19.
The #Bengals are going through contact tracing after DL coach Nick Eason tested positive for COVID-19, per sources. Today was a scheduled player off day. Any close contacts would’ve occurred on Sunday, so no impact expected on player availability for this week’s game.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 24, 2020
It sounds like the Bengals avoided having players affected by the positive test, but it’s still a scary situation for Eason and his family. Hopefully, everyone is doing well and gets through this.
Over the last two games, the Bengals have seen wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell, secondary/cornerbacks coach Steve Jackson, secondary/safeties coach Robert Livingston, senior defensive assistant Mark Duffner, and linebackers coach Al Golden all miss time due to COVID-19.
Eason, who joined the Bengals in the 2019 offseason, has a wealth of NFL experience, as he was the Titans’ defensive line coach for three seasons (2014-2017). He was also the Cleveland Browns’ assistant defensive line coach in 2013.
That came after a 10-year playing career as a defensive tackle with the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals. He finished his career with 128 tackles and seven sacks.
We should expect Eason to be sidelined this Sunday when the Bengals host the New York Giants.