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#pounditMonday, March 8, 2021

Al Michaels to miss ‘Sunday Night Football’ due to COVID-19 protocol

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NBC announced on Friday that Mike Tirico will once again fill in for Al Michaels on the “Sunday Night Football” broadcast this week. The change is related to COVID-19.

While it’s unclear if Michaels has tested positive for the coronavirus, NBC said in a statement that the 76-year-old did not clear “COVID-19 safety protocols.” Michaels said he feels “great” and has not experienced any symptoms.

Michaels had been scheduled to call Sunday’s game between the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants, but Tirico will now work that game. Tirico was originally supposed to call the Carolina Panthers-Green Bay Packers game on Saturday night, but Joe Davis will step in for that.

Tirico called last Sunday’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills alongside Cris Collinsworth. NBC worked with Michaels before the season to schedule some “bye weeks,” but his Week 15 absence will not be related to that.

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