The Cincinnati Bengals have announced that defensive line coach Nick Eason will not attend the team’s game vs. the Miami Dolphins on Sunday for COVID-19-related reasons.
Defensive assistant coach Gerald Chatman will assume Eason’s responsibilities for the game.
Eason, now in his second season with the Bengals, reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 in late November. He missed last week’s game vs. the New York Giants.
The Bengals’ coaching staff has been hit hard recently with COVID-19 issues. Over the last three games, the Bengals have had Eason, 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 the virus, though Eason has been the only coach to be confirmed to have the virus.
Jackson actually ended up missing three games, but it sounds like he’ll be good to go Sunday, so it’s great to see he’s doing well and still able to coach.
Hopefully, Eason is also doing well and is back on the sideline next week when the Bengals host the Cowboys.