CBS will be without its No. 1 NFL color analyst in Week 17. Tony Romo will not be on the call when the Arizona Cardinals take on the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday due to COVID-19 protocol.
The network announced the news Saturday. Boomer Esiason will fill in for Romo, while both Jim Nantz and Tracy Wolfson will remain on the broadcast.
Due to Covid-19 protocols, Boomer Esiason will fill in for Tony Romo calling the Cardinals-Rams game alongside Jim Nantz and Tracy Wolfson on Sunday. https://t.co/BDD8sd2I9t
— CBS Sports PR (@CBSSportsGang) January 2, 2021
CBS did not specify whether Romo tested positive for COVID-19 or if he came into contact with someone who tested positive for the virus.
Al Michaels also missed a game due to COVID-19 protocol
Romo won’t be the first big name announcer to be pulled off a game due to COVID-19 protocol. NBC pulled Al Michaels off its “Sunday Night Football” broadcast in Week 15 due to “NBCUniversal COVID-19 safety protocols.”
Michaels said he had no symptoms and looked forward to returning to the booth soon. Michaels was able to return to call the Green Bay Packers-Tennessee Titans game in Week 16.
It’s unclear when Romo will be able to return to CBS’ booth.
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