Why Jim Nantz won't be on CBS broadcast of Buccaneers vs. Panthers Week 18 game

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Tony Romo will have a new play-by-play partner for Sunday's game between the Buccaneers and Panthers.

CBS announced Friday morning that longtime play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz will miss the NFC South battle. Tom McCarthy, who has been calling select NFL games for CBS since 2014, will replace Nantz and allow the network to avoid a major reshuffle of its other Week 18 broadcast teams.

Why did CBS pull Nantz from the game on such short notice?

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Why Jim Nantz won't be on CBS broadcast of Buccaneers vs. Panthers

The COVID-19 pandemic isn't just creating problems for coaches and players. It has also impacted the folks calling the games.

Nantz will miss the Buccaneers vs. Panthers game because of health and safety protocols. CBS didn't specify whether Nantz had tested positive for COVID-19.

Per CBS: Due to Covid protocols, Tom McCarthy will fill in for Jim Nantz, calling Carolina at Tampa Bay alongside Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson. pic.twitter.com/cRjaEUzWO9

— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) January 7, 2022

The network encountered a similar issue last year when Romo had to miss a Week 17 game between the Cardinals and Rams because of health and safety protocols. Boomer Esiason replaced Romo as the analyst for that contest.

Who is Tom McCarthy?

In addition to his NFL assignments, McCarthy has been a play-by-play announcer for CBS's broadcasts of college basketball and football games. He has also called NFL and college basketball games on Westwood One Sports radio.

While he has plenty of experience on the national stage, McCarthy is perhaps best known for being the TV play-by-play voice of the Phillies.

NFL schedule for Week 18

Saturday, Jan. 8

Game Time (ET) TV channel
Chiefs vs. Broncos 4:30 p.m. ABC/ESPN
Cowboys vs. Eagles 8:15 p.m. ABC/ESPN

Sunday, Jan. 9

Game Time (ET) TV channel
Bengals vs. Browns 1 p.m. FOX
Packers vs. Lions 1 p.m. FOX
Bears vs. Vikings 1 p.m. FOX
Washington Football Team vs. Giants 1 p.m. FOX
Colts vs. Jaguars 1 p.m. CBS
Steelers vs. Ravens 1 p.m. CBS
Titans vs. Texans 1 p.m. CBS
Saints vs. Falcons 4:25 p.m. FOX
Jets vs. Bills 4:25 p.m. CBS
49ers vs. Rams 4:25 p.m. FOX
Patriots vs. Dolphins 4:25 p.m. CBS
Seahawks vs. Cardinals 4:25 p.m. FOX
Panthers vs. Buccaneers 4:25 p.m. CBS
Chargers vs. Raiders 8:20 p.m. NBC

NFL broadcast teams for Week 18

Saturday, Jan. 8

Game Broadcast team
Chiefs vs. Broncos Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Laura Rutledge
Cowboys vs. Eagles Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters

Sunday, Jan. 9

Game Broadcast team
Bengals vs. Browns Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Lindsay Czarniak
Packers vs. Lions Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Pam Oliver
Bears vs. Vikings Gus Johnson, Aqib Talib, Megan Olivi
Washington Football Team vs. Giants Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Jen Hale
Colts vs. Jaguars Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross
Steelers vs. Ravens Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn
Titans vs. Texans Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Sherree Burruss
Saints vs. Falcons Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
Jets vs. Bills Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins
49ers vs. Rams Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi
Patriots vs. Dolphins Spero Dedes, Jay Feely, Jenny Dell
Seahawks vs. Cardinals Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake
Panthers vs. Buccaneers Tom McCarthy, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson
Chargers vs. Raiders Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya

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