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Seven Saints coaches sidelined by COVID-19 protocols

Seven New Orleans assistant coaches will miss Sunday’s game at Carolina due to COVID-19 protocols.

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The Saints announced Friday that offensive analyst Jim Chaney, offensive assistant Declan Doyle, assistant special teams coach Phil Galiano, senior offensive assistant/receivers coach Curtis Johnson, offensive line coach Brendan Nugent, run game coordinator/tight ends coach Dan Roushar and running backs coach Joel Thomas will miss the game against the Panthers.

The team said their responsibilities will be divided among the remaining offensive staff.

Reports of the positive tests first surfaced on Tuesday.

All of the New Orleans coaches have been vaccinated. They will need to show consecutive negative COVID-19 tests 24 hours apart before they are eligible to return.

New Orleans also placed linebacker Kwon Alexander (elbow) and defensive end Marcus Davenport (shoulder) on injured reserve.

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The 27-year-old Alexander had two tackles in the season-opening 38-3 trouncing of the Green Bay Packers. The seven-year veteran was a Pro Bowl selection for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017.

The 25-year-old Davenport had three tackles and a sack in the opener. He has 13 sacks in 38 career games (15 starts).

Standout cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who underwent thumb surgery earlier this week, is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. The three-time Pro Bowl selection agreed to a five-year, $97.6 million extension on Sunday.

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