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Two Bengals assistant coaches will miss game against Giants due to COVID-19

Bernard could play Sunday; Tate added to COVID list
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Posted at 5:42 PM, Nov 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-27 17:42:52-05

CINCINNATI — Two Cincinnati Bengals assistant coaches will miss Sunday's home game against the New York Giants for "COVID-19-related reasons," the Bengals announced Friday.

Defensive line coach Nick Eason and secondary/cornerbacks coach Steve Jackson will not attend Sunday's game at Paul Brown Stadium. Defensive assistant coach Gerald Chatman fills in for Eason, and defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo will fill in for Jackson.

Running back Giovani Bernard, still listed as questionable due to a concussion, was a full participant in Friday's practice and could return for Sunday, the Bengals reported. Cornerback Mackensie Alexander and linebacker Markus Bailey, both questionable with hamstring injuries, also fully participated in practice Friday.

On Thursday, the Bengals placed wide receiver Auden Tate and center B.J. Finney on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Without star rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, Ryan Finley is still listed first on the depth chart for Sunday after the team called up QB Brandon Allen from the practice squad earlier this week. ESPN and NFL Network both reported Wednesday that Allen would replace Burrow, but the team hasn't confirmed the decision.

The team also announced that cornerback Winston Rose returned to the practice squad from the COVID-19 list, and defensive tackle Andrew Brown is heading to the Houston Texans from the Bengals practice squad.

The Bengals (2-7-1) kick off against the Giants (3-7) at 1 p.m. Sunday.