First Eagles player tests positive for COVID-19, goes into self-isolation
Eagles safety Marcus Epps tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, becoming the first player on the team to do so during the season.
The team placed Epps, a backup safety, on the NFL's COVID-19 list.
The Eagles' statement Thursday afternoon said that a player was in self-isolation, adding that "we are following the NFL-NFL(players association) intensive protocols and remain in close communication with the league on this matter."
The NFL Network reported that Epps was asymptomatic, and that no other players tested positive from Wednesday's round of testing.
The Eagles' schedule won't be affected because they are on their scheduled week off.
Players were at the team's practice facility Wednesday for a brief practice and meetings. Under league rules, teams on bye weeks have to be given Thursday through Sunday off, so any possible spread can be contained by the time the team returns to practice next week.
This season, players and coaches are not allowed to leave their respective cities during the bye week, and they are required to undergo daily COVID-19 testing.
Typically, if a player had tested positive during a game week, the facility would be shut down, and the NFL would determine if a game should be postponed until Monday or even Tuesday, or rescheduled for later in the season.
That won't apply to the Eagles, of course.
Epps has to show three negative tests over a minimum of five days before he'd be allowed to return to the practice facility. That could have him back in time for practice next week.
In seven games, Epps has 19 tackles and a pass breakup. He started two games this season when Jalen Mills moved to cornerback to replace Avonte Maddox.
The Eagles' next game is Nov. 15 against the Giants.
The only other Eagles player affected by COVID-19 during the season was offensive lineman Matt Pryor, on Oct. 16. Pryor never tested positive, but went on the COVID-19 list because he was exposed to someone who tested positive.
Pryor was able to return in time for the Eagles' game against the Giants on Oct. 22, but he had missed the three days of practice leading up to the game.
Three Eagles players either tested positive or were exposed to someone who did upon reporting to training camp on July 28. Those players were right tackle Lane Johnson, backup tackle Jordan Mailata and linebacker Nathan Gerry.
In addition, head coach Doug Pederson tested positive on Aug. 2.
All four Eagles players were back within 10 days.
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