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Saints coach Sean Payton tests positive for COVID-19

Payton will not coach Sunday against Tampa Bay

NFL: Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints announced that head coach Sean Payton tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. Defensive coordinator Dennis Allen will fill in for Payton against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The NFL appears to be in the middle of a COVID-19 outbreak. Over 150 players are currently on the league’s Reserve/COVID list with the Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams and Washington Football Team combining for 68.

Payton joined Cleveland coach Kevin Stefanski as the two head coaches to test positive this week. Payton, who is fully vaccinated, would be required to miss 10 days unless he meets the NFL’s requirements to return to a team environment. He would return to coach New Orleans’ Week 16 game against Miami.

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