Eagles’ Doug Pederson tests positive for Coronavirus


Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced in a statement on Sunday night.  

"We received confirmation this evening that head coach Doug Pederson tested positive for COVID-19. Pederson is asymptomatic and doing well. He is currently in self-quarantine and and in communication with the team's medical staff. The organization is following the protocols established by the NFL and the NFLPA. Any individuals in close contact with Pederson at our facility have been notified and will continue with daily testing procedures and compliance with all protocols before returning to the facility."  

Pederson, 52-years old, will now have to go through the NFL's COVID-19 protocol to return to the facility. Pederson will need to receive two negative tests, at least 24-hours apart, within five days to return. Or, he can return 10 days from his initial positive test. 

In addition to Pederson, passing-game coordinator Press Taylor has also been sent home because he has been in close contact with Pederson, according to an ESPN report. Taylor has not tested positive, but will still need to pass through NFL protocol to return to the NovaCare Complex. 

He will still be able to take part in virtual meetings and prepare for the season at home. It is unclear who will take over the head-coaching duties in the facility in his absence, but chances are that running backs coach Duce Staley -- who has assistant head coach in his title -- will step into that role. 

According to an ESPN report, which was first to report Pederson's positive test, Pederson told the team on Sunday night in a previously unplanned team meeting after he received a second positive test. The team does not believe he contracted coronavirus in the facility, according to the report. 

The Eagles are able to begin hour-long walk-throughs on the field starting on Monday, which Pederson will now not be able to attend. The team can hold hour-long walk-throughs until August 12, at which point they can begin practices with shells and helmets. On August 17 the Eagles can begin normal training camp practices. 

Pederson is the second known positive COVID-19 case on the Eagles, with Lane Johnson also revealing last week that he has tested positive. Linebacker Nate Gerry and offensive tackle Jordan Mailata have also been placed on the COVID-19 list, but it is unclear if they are on the list because they tested positive or were in contact with someone who was.

Pederson told the media last week he felt extremely safe in the NovaCare Complex, which he has been working in over the last few weeks as football activities have ramped-back up at the facility. 

“I feel extremely safe. Obviously coming into it there might have been some skepticism about the testing and the screening that goes on, but it is very thorough. When you are here, when you get tested in the morning, you have a screening process you have to go through to get into the building. Wearing masks in the building everywhere we go. I feel extremely safe,” Pederson said. “This is our bubble right here in the NovaCare. I can’t control everything, we can’t control everything. There are probably going to be some things that come up down the road. But right now I feel extremely safe and this is a great environment for our players to succeed in.”

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