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NBC pulls Costas from primetime coverage

  • The Sports Network
  • Published Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at 8:23 a.m.

Sochi, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Bob Costas' eye infection has become one of the more prevailing stories at the Sochi Games.

Now, with the conjunctivitis having spread to both eyes, NBC Sports has pulled the veteran broadcaster from primetime coverage. Today Show host Matt Lauer will fill in on Tuesday evening, marking the first time since 1988 that someone other than Costas has anchored the coverage.

"I'm not sure if you're aware of this, but you're going to be my Mariano Rivera tonight," Costas told Lauer on air Tuesday morning.

NBC had taken to using ever-wider shots to reduce the visual impact of Costas' infected eyes. Costas actually joked about his pinkeye on Monday, as he downed a shot of vodka with fellow on-air personality Mary Carillo, noting that his eyes couldn't get any worse.

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