York High grad Bruce Arians tests positive for COVID-19

RICK STROUD
Tampa Bay Times (TNS)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

TAMPA — Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, a three-time cancer survivor, tested positive Tuesday for COVID-19.

Assistant head coach Harold Goodwin will assume his duties on an intermim basis.

Arians, a York High graduate, had a slight but persistent cough Monday during media access.

“I feel good, just that cough,” he said at the time.

Arians said Tuesday afternoon that he has had only mild symptoms since testing positive.

“I have complete confidence in (Goodwin) and the rest of our coaching staff to prepare the team for this week’s game against the Jets,” he said. “I look forward to rejoining the team and being back in the facility as soon as I can test back in.”

Arians is isolating at home.

Arians’ reigning Super Bowl champions visit the New York Jets on Sunday. His status for that game is uncertain at this point. He must first clear the league’s COVID-19 protocols.

The new COVID-19 protocols adopted by the NFL and the players union make it possible for Arians to be back by Sunday’s game. In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation to shorten the period of isolation for those infected with coronavirus from 10 days to five days if asymptomatic, the NFL is giving vaccinated and unvaccinated players and coaches a chance to return after five days.

The Bucs (11-4) have already clinched the NFC South title and a playoff berth.