On Tuesday, the Bucs announced that head coach Bruce Arians has tested positive for COVID-19. Arians, who is vaccinated, is isolating at home. He released a statement via the Buccaneers on Tuesday afternoon.

“I tested positive for COVID-19 this morning, but have only experienced mild symptoms to this point,” said Arians. “Harold Goodwin will take over my duties during my absence. I have complete confidence in him and the rest of our coaching staff to prepare the team for this week’s game against the Jets. I look forward to rejoining the team and being back in the facility as soon as I can test back in.”

Arians is the second-oldest head coach in the NFL at 69 years old. Given the fact that he’s a more high-risk demographic, it’s great that he’s experiencing only mild symptoms right now. On Monday, wide receivers coach Kevin Garver entered COVID protocols too. Bucs assistant head coach and run game coordinator Harold Goodwin will serve as the Bucs shot-caller in Arians’ absence.

Meanwhile, the Bucs secondary continues to take hits. Cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting moved to the COVID list, joining Jamel Dean. Wide receiver Mike Evans, wide receiver Jaelon Darden and defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches were already on the list. However, wide receiver Breshad Perriman cleared COVID protocol and returned to the roster.

The Bucs also announced they are waiving safety Chris Cooper from the practice squad. The move opens a spot for new signee Elijah Ponder to join the team following an injury to Shaq Barrett.

Information from a Bucs press release was used in this report. 

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bucballer
bucballer
6 months ago

These r the new normal times. Just going to continue to mutate and the rules will continue to change as this happens. Tough when ur trying to run a League. Me and my entire family r COVID positive who have received the four shot anti therapy to help the people with their COVID positive symptoms. This was recommended by our doctors. COVID is real and effects differently different people. My daughter and wife r now symptom free, as it has been just a little more difficult for me. Lost smell, taste, headaches, body aches, fever, tiredness and constant congestion. I… Read more »

cobraboy
cobraboy
Reply to  bucballer
6 months ago

I had covid this time last year, so it was not the wimpy Omicron.
I wish I had taken prophylactic therapy back then.
It was no fun but really like a really bad flu. 1 day getting sick, three days of bad juju, 5 days slowly getting better, and after ten days I was 100% fine.
But I have no morbidities the WuFlu likes to mess with.

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  cobraboy
6 months ago

Great to hear u made a full and complete recovery. I’ve had bad flu before. I have never lost taste and smell before. It’s a little different than the flu although it can present a lot of flu like symptoms.

cobraboy
cobraboy
Reply to  bucballer
6 months ago

I don’t know if I lost my taste and smell. I was not hungry, and didn’t fart. ;)

fredster
fredster
Reply to  cobraboy
6 months ago

I hear ya. I had Delta back at end of July. No vaccine. I’m 54 and workout and not over weight or other issues. Was like bad flu for me as well. No hospital etc. never scared just felt like shit for week and lost smell/taste for couple months. That was worst part. They need quit treating Omicron like it’s Ebola! Time to live with it and realize the vaccine isn’t working, it’s mutated again and become weaker thank god. Delta was no joke. I’m not sure but I’d good money bet flu worse at this point.

cobraboy
cobraboy
Reply to  fredster
6 months ago

I wish I had employed Dr. Z’s system.
My nephew and his wife got delta at the same time. Both are early 30’s in good health. Nephew went on the heavy Ivermectin/D3/zinc/azith protocol and was over it in 4 days. His wife did nothing but Tylenol—doctors orders—and she was down for almost two weeks.
We now do daily 50mg. Z, 5000iu D3, 1000mcg B12, 1000mg C, and weekly ivermectin (wife does 12mg, I do 18mg) and so far so good, although we think we have naturaL immunity.

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1
Reply to  cobraboy
6 months ago

neigh, neigh…..lol

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  cobraboy
6 months ago

Omicron wimpy? Last week the average daily death toll in the US due to COVID was in excess of 1,500 – that would be well over half a million a year at that rate killed, virtually all them amongst the unvaccinated, with over 73% of those fatal infections being Omicron.

Last edited 6 months ago by Naplesfan
TCB2W!
TCB2W!
6 months ago

Great, get our CBs back and immediately 2 go on the covid list.

chefboho
chefboho
6 months ago

hate to see this happen to anyone, but hopefully this blows through the Bucs team before the playoffs start. This will make the playoffs very interesting this year. Everyone stay away from Brady

Dave
Dave
6 months ago

As if more proof was needed that the media in this country is nothing but propaganda (not talking PR here), ESPN has a headline up today about Carson Wentz going on the COVID list, and was sure to put the “unvaccinated” Wentz in their headline. How about all of the VACCINATED players across pro sports that are getting COVID? Each time ESPN runs an article about one of them, their vaccination status is nowhere to be found, including with their Arians headline. This is how you lead stupid people to think stupid things. If they were honest in their reporting,… Read more »

cobraboy
cobraboy
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

Dave, did you catch the recent Bhakdi/Burkhardt pathology/autopsy report on those random 15 post-vaxxxx deaths?

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

You’re an idiot spreading anti-vaxxer bullshit. The preposterous claim you made that vaccines are causing outbreaks is like warmunists claiming that global warming causes global cooling. Vaccinations, of any and all kinds, do not prevent viruses from entering the body. What all vaccines do is train the body’s immune system to recognize the specific virus and develop antibodies to resist the virus. Vaccines are not filters, like a moon suit with an air supplied respirator. They do not prevent an infection that results in a positive test result. What they do is prevent serious illness and death. Virtually 100% of… Read more »

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

Agree Naples! COVID is no joke! It pains me and saddens me to read some of these posts from the misinformation they pass off as facts.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
6 months ago

We didn’t have these kinds of outbreak before the vaccinations, now everywhere you turn vaxed athletes are testing positive. Curious! Because Viruses typically attacked the most feeble among us first but we are now seeing the strongest, healthiest, most tested and vaccinated athletes test positive. Did this vax make them stronger or weaker?

cobraboy
cobraboy
Reply to  Captain Sly
6 months ago

Two things to ponder:
1) There is growing evidence the mRNA vaxxxes destroy the immune system, and
2) The PCR is badly flawed, tagging 90-95% false positives over 26 cycles. The standard PCR is 40-41 cycles. Even the inventor of the PCR said it should never be used for diagnostics.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  cobraboy
6 months ago

Idiot – get of Fox News and stop spreading bullshit.

Everything you wrote is a lie.

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

Yep! Pretty much!

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  Captain Sly
6 months ago

These experimental jabs are poison. Yeah I said it.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
6 months ago

There – you said it … you proved you’re an ignorant idiot.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Captain Sly
6 months ago

Idiotic comment.

The current outbreak is due to the Omicron strain of the virus that is 75 times more infectious than the prior strains.

What vaccines do is NOT to “prevent infections”. Vaccines – all of them – prevent serious illness and death in all those vaccinated persons with normally functioning immune systems. Vaccines train the body’s immune system to recognize the virus and fight off the infection.

Last edited 6 months ago by Naplesfan
Swash
Swash
6 months ago

Shocked that you didn’t blame AB for this

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0
6 months ago

These injections are making people MORE sick and spreading covid faster. Stay away from these experimental jabs.

matador
matador
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
6 months ago

Wow. The people in this board are so dumb it is beyond belief. Statements like, “The vaccine makes you more, not less, likely to get the virus” show an inability to consider more than one variable at a time. The new variant is SEVENTY TIMES more transmissible. Have any of you idiots who are saying the vaccine doesn’t work, destroys your immune system, is a political PR stunt etc taken that into your calculations? Of course not. Your thought process is ready, fire, aim. Fortunately for you dumbasses the virus is taking the same path they always do and becoming… Read more »

Dave
Dave
Reply to  matador
6 months ago

And the target audience arrives, to parrot their talking points in hopes of a scratch behind the head. What does the vaccine do? Literally, what does it do? There’s no proof it has saved even a single life. Not one. Yet it’s objectively true that it has taken MANY lives, and burdened many others with serious side effects. The vaccine had two purposes, to destroy immune systems to drastically increase the rate this thing spread, and a compliance test. They wanted to see if they, with enough propaganda, could get people to inject a toxic poison into their bodies, without… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

The idiot parakeets pose ridiculous questions and make even more ridiculous assertions.

There is tremendous evidence that the vaccines prevent serious illness and death. Nobody EVER claimed that any vaccine can prevent a virus from entering a body. ALL vaccines train the body’s immune system to recognize the virus and fight off the infection, unless the immune system is otherwise compromised.

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

Wow! U actually believe the misinformation u r typing? What’s sad is the lack of education on this subject. Contact ur doctor. He will explain it to u!

PissedOffBuc1988
PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  matador
6 months ago

Anyone believing in this poison dart is ignorant and stupid. I love the “where’s your degree?” Line. It’s a sheeple type of line. The injection is BS. It’s not a vaccine. But you keep buying the propaganda and display it proudly upon your mantle.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
6 months ago

The word “sheeple” is only used by stupid Trumplicans and other idiots who prefer political true believerism to actual real world data and facts.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  matador
6 months ago

The stupid burns, doesn’t it? Judging by the normal standards of stupidity exhibited on this board all the time, this only proves they are mentally impaired because they are all anti-vaxxer Fox News viewers.

chefboho
chefboho
Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

There he is ladies and gentlemen. The d bag speaks so we should all listen. Exactly what proof do you have that these jabs do anything? It’s all based differently on every person. I bet you wear a mask while driving in a car alone. Your idiotic comments hurt my head every day because you’re so damn stupid that you think you know it all. Everyone is wrong and you’re right. Thank you doctor. For once In your life just shut the hell up and let people have their own opinion. I had Covid two years ago and if not… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  chefboho
6 months ago

I don’t “have proof’ – the CDC and the entire medical profession of the entire world has unlimited proofs in the data. Virtually all of the current hospitalizations and deaths are occurring amongst the idiot unvaccinateds (like you) or those with impaired immune systems.

Go ahead and stay unvaxxed – we’ll be happy to see your genes leave the human gene pool – it will result in a smarter, healthier population of humans.

PissedOffBuc1988
PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

Oh, you mean the same CDC that just admitted to people that the Delta variant is likely the main culprit behind many of the hospitalized and not Omicron? The same CDC that said Omicron is dangerous? The same CDC who is backtracking on a lot of their inflated data that you literally cling onto for dear life? That CDC? Ok. Thought so. You’re such a joke. You’re beyond brainwashed. You’re free to take poison darts. You’re free to believe in the propaganda that’s being fed to you. You’re free to act like a jack ass (you’re quite good at it),… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by PissedOffBuc1988
aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1
6 months ago

Should have known Brady would be right. He said at the start of this year covid would have an even bigger impact than it did in 2020. People looked at him funny at the time but it turns out he was right.

plopes808
plopes808
6 months ago

Well, the team is 100% vaccinated right? So all they need is 2 negative tests 24 hrs apart and they’ll be able to play/coach. On the bright side, if there was a week on the schedule where we could “afford” to lose anyone, it’s this week.
I was reading a lot of hater/conspiracy theory posts on social media that Brady, Mahommes, etc would never be held out due to Covid because they’re protected by the NFL…let’s hope this is correct.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  plopes808
6 months ago

The smartest players and coaches really limit their exposure to crowds of people in confined indoor spaces. They don’t go out to crowded restaurants and dance clubs, or attend parties, or other such dumb activities in the middle of a pandemic. They get vaccinated with a booster. That would be guys like Tom Brady who pays a great deal of attention to his personal health.

Pete Wood
Pete Wood
6 months ago

Not sure why we are debating politics on a sports site. For what it’s worth, the media coverage I have seen gives full details about those with Covid in the NFL. The stories report the vaccination status of each person without any bias that I can tell. I make medical decisions, including whether or not to get vaccinated for anything on the advice of my doctor. I’m fully vaccinated with the booster. I really don’t give a crap what a politician- Biden or Trump or whoever- has to say about the vaccine. If you are making medical decisions based on… Read more »

BucWonder
BucWonder
Reply to  Pete Wood
6 months ago

A voice of reason on this site? What?!?

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Pete Wood
6 months ago

You’d be ignoring a mountain of evidence if you ignore the fact that Trumplicans are mostly unvaccinated, and virtually everyone else (whether Democrats or independents) is vaccinated in America. Trump and his supporters always have from the very beginning of the pandemic, and have continued, to promote ignorance and dismissal of COVID as a “political disease”. It’s real, and undeniable. Even Trump got a taste of his own medicine last week when he spoke at a political rally and stated he is vaccinated, and his own mindless brainless political supporters booed him enthusiastically for saying that. To pretend that politics… Read more »

chefboho
chefboho
Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

Lol. Your beyond help and it’s obvious. Who don’t you show me the numbers that say most people who are unvaccinated are Trump supporters. Just when I think you can’t get any more ignorant you prove me wrong. I bet your parents are so proud of the douche bag you’ve become. I don’t see unvaxxed people wishing harm on others that are, just idiots like yourself as you like to say. Again what proof do you possibly have that says getting the shot lessens the effects? Or is that something you read online? I bet you still think Faucci is… Read more »

surferdudes
surferdudes
6 months ago

I think it’s interesting he let Goodwin be the H.C.. Not giving a leg up to Bowles, or B.L. who are being considered as H.C.’s.

Randy H.
Randy H.
Reply to  surferdudes
6 months ago

Probably because Goodwin has the title of Assistant Head Coach.

Horse
Horse
6 months ago

Jon, Is it possible Pewter Report leads the way when it comes to anything connected with politics, government of any sort, non football information, not be a topic mentioned in any Pewter Report Article? In other words, keep the articles about sports only! This is a free society and it’s obvious we all have different opinions. Let’s move on folks, no more non sport comments from any of us!

Pete Wood
Pete Wood
Reply to  Horse
6 months ago

Amen.
But if Facebook has taught me anything it is that if somebody wants to talk politics, nobody is going to stop them, no matter what the topic is supposed to be.

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  Pete Wood
6 months ago

U lost me at Facebook!