Saints’ COVID-19 coaches outbreak up to eight

Two more New Orleans Saints coaches are slated to miss Sunday’s game against the Charlotte Panthers due to COVID-19 protocols, raising the total to eight expected to miss the contest in Charlotte, N.C.

Assistant head coach/defensive line Ryan Nielsen and pass rush specialist Brian Young will not be with the team in Charlotte, the team announced Saturday.

The team announced Friday that seven coaches would miss the game. However, one of those seven, offensive line coach Brendan Nugent, has now been cleared to be with the team on Sunday.

The team said Friday that offensive analyst Jim Chaney, offensive assistant Declan Doyle, assistant special teams coach Phil Galiano, senior offensive assistant/receivers coach Curtis Johnson, run game coordinator/tight ends coach Dan Roushar and running backs coach Joel Thomas are expected to miss the contest.

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

Saints coach Sean Payton said earlier this week that the entire coaching staff is vaccinated.