Multiple Eagles Placed On Reserve/Covid-19 List
(Updated: 4:45 p.m.) The NFL's new intensive Covid-19 protocol that's expected to tighten up safety measures isn't supposed to begin until Saturday. The Eagles on Thursday got a head start, taking extra precautions as two wide receivers and two other players were placed on the Reserve/Covid-19 list.
Multiple sources told Inside The Birds' Geoff Mosher and Adam Caplan that second-year wideout J.J. Arcega-Whiteside tested positive and is in isolation, which the team later confirmed. The Eagles also placed defensive end Vinny Curry and running back Corey Clement the Reserve/Covid-19 list. It's unclear if either tested positive or were close to someone who did.
The Eagles, at 3-5-1, could be further undermanned when they play the Browns on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Cleveland. Rookie wide receiver John Hightower, who missed practice, was deemed close to Arcega-Whiteside but not put on any list while practice squad receiver Deontary Burnett was placed on the Practice Squad Covid-19 list.
Here's the team's official statement on the Covid cases:
Arcega-Whiteside, who was drafted 57th overall in the second round last year, hadn't done much this season to improve upon a disappointing rookie year. He was inactive in last Sunday's game against the Giants as the team activated Alshon Jeffery for the first time. Hightower, a rookie drafted in the fifth round who leads the team with an average of 18.4 yards per catch, has also seen his playing time scaled back with first-round pick Jalen Reagor and Jeffery back to full strength. Burnett, in his second season with the Eagles, is on the practice squad. The Eagles were in intensive protocol last week when a member of the coaching staff tested positive for Covid-19. All meetings were held virtually, but practice remained at the NovaCare Complex. The team was without three defensive coaches, Caplan reported on the latest Inside The Birds podcast. With rising coronavirus cases around the country, and with worse conditions expected this winter, the NFL implemented newer guidelines that will begin Saturday, including mask mandates at all facilities, reduced close contact between coaches and players and all meetings being held virtually. – Geoff Mosher (@geoffmoshernfl) is co-host of the "Inside the Birds" podcast and staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com. Listen to the latest "Inside The Birds" podcast with Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher: