Saints without 7 assistants vs. Panthers due to virus protocols

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The New Orleans Saints will face the Carolina Panthers on Sunday without seven assistant coaches due to COVID-19 protocols, the club announced.

Jim Chaney, Declan Doyle, Phil Galiano, Curtis Johnson, Brendan Nugent, Dan Roushar, and Joel Thomas will all miss the contest. Galiano serves as the assistant special teams coach, while the other six coaches work on the offensive side of the ball.

The Saints knew earlier in the week that they might be shorthanded against the Panthers following several positive tests.

Head coach Sean Payton said before the season that his entire staff is vaccinated against COVID-19.

New Orleans will also take on Carolina without linebacker Kwon Alexander and defensive end Marcus Davenport, as the team placed both on injured reserve ahead of the game.

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