By Max Harper
Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy is having his appendix removed today, and says he’ll be back on the sidelines Sunday night against the Eagles.
McCarthy experienced abdominal pain this morning before seeing the team’s medical staff. He is expected to be released from the hospital later today.
Cowboys coordinators Dan Quinn, Brian Schottenheimer and John Fassel will run practice while McCarthy, who turned 60 last month, recuperates. His absence complicates the process since he is the offensive playcaller, but he does designate duties to Schottenheimer and the other offensive coaches.
The Cowboys are first in points per game (32.3) and fifth in yards per game (380.4) with McCarthy calling plays. He has a 164-100-2 career regular-season record and is the fifth-winningest active coach.