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Two Cowboys Coaches to Miss Thanksgiving Day Game Due to COVID-19 Protocols

Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb will also miss Thursday's game

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Two Dallas Cowboys assistant coaches will miss Thursday's Thanksgiving Day game against the Las Vegas Raiders due to COVID-19 protocols, the team says.

The Cowboys made the announcement shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday that offensive line coach Joe Philbin and assistant strength and conditioning coach Kendall Smith would not be at the game.

Philbin’s role, the team said, will be assumed by assistant offensive line coach Jeff Blasko.

The Cowboys will be missing a coach for the second time in three games because of health and safety protocols. Running backs coach Skip Peete missed the previous home game against Atlanta.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper, who is not vaccinated, missed Sunday's game against the Chiefs after being put on the COVID list and he'll also miss Thursday's game. CeeDee Lamb, who suffered a concussion in the Chief's game, will also miss Thursday's game, the NFL says.

The Raiders will be without linebackers coach Richard Smith because of COVID-19 protocols. His duties are being absorbed by the defensive staff.

The Cowboys and Raiders kick off at 3:30 p.m.

NBC 5 and the Associated Press.
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