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The Dallas Cowboys will lose two assistant coaches for the team’s Thanksgiving game to the Las Vegas Raiders.

The team announced Thursday hours before kick-off that offensive line coach Joe Philbin and assistant strength and conditioning coach Keith Smith are in COVID-19 protocol and will not be available for the match. Amari Cooper is also struggling with coronavirus issues and will miss her second game in a row.

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November 14, 2021; Arlington, Texas, United States; Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Joe Philbin sidelined in the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at AT&T Stadium.
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COVID concerns aside, the NFL Network Dallas is also expected to be without CeeDee Lamb due to an injury. He would have failed to clear the concussion protocol before the game and will have to miss it. He was injured before halftime in the team’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last week.

Cowboys facing COVID issues ahead of Thanksgiving game against Raiders

Denver Broncos linebacker Baron Browning (56) gives chase as Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) gains yards after catching in the first half of a game. NFL football in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, November 7, 2021.
(AP Photo / Michael Ainsworth)

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Dak Prescott will only have a handful of targets to throw at the wide receiver position. Michael Gallup, Cedrick Wilson, Noah Brown and Malik Turner are among the active players.

Dallas and Las Vegas both need a win.

Cowboys facing COVID issues ahead of Thanksgiving game against Raiders

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) and wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) celebrate Cooper’s touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Arlington, Texas , Sunday October 3, 2021 (AP Photo / Michael Ainsworth)
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The Cowboys have lost two of their last three games. The Raiders are losers in their last three games and their last five of seven. Dallas is hoping to stay ahead in the NFC East while Las Vegas risks sinking to the bottom of the AFC West.


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