Tom Pelissero is reporting that Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has been placed in COVID-19 protocols and will likely not be at the game on Sunday.
#Broncos OC Pat Shurmur is in COVID-19 protocols and is not expected to coach in Sunday’s game against the #Eagles, per sources.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 12, 2021
Last week backup quarterback Drew Lock tested positive for COVID-19 and did not travel to Dallas. Starting QB Teddy Bridgewater was cleared to play after testing negative. The Broncos also placed offensive lineman Austin Schlottmann, cornerback Michael Ojemudia and linebacker Justin Strnad on the Reserve/COVID list earlier this week.
Broncos will be without four players and their OC (likely) for Sunday’s game against the Eagles due to COVID-19.— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensDNVR) November 12, 2021
— OC Pat Shurmur (likely)
— Backup QB Drew Lock
— Backup OG Austin Schlottmann
— Backup CB Michael Ojemudia
— Backup ILB Justin Strnad
It is likely QB coach Mike Shula will handle the coordinator duties on Sunday.
QB coach Mike Shula will communicate/relay play-calls to Bridgewater. Shula is likely play caller. #9sports— Mike Klis (@mikeklis) November 12, 2021
Since coaches have to be vaccinated in order to be around players, it would mean Shurmur would need two consecutive days of negative tests to resume coaching duties. That leaves a slim chance for him to coach on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles if he were to test negative Saturday and Sunday. That he just tested positive on Friday would mean that chance is slim indeed.