The Philadelphia Eagles have placed a handful of players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
According to a handful of sources which include the Philadelphia Eagles official Twitter account, standout right tackle Lane Johnson has been put on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Joining him is linebacker Nate Gerry and offensive tackle Jordan Mailata.
According to Yahoo Sports, the NFL’s newly implemented Reserve/COVID-19 list can be explained as such, “This new reserve list category was created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons.”
Essentially, being on this list does not exclusively mean a player 100% has COVID-19, it simply means they have been exposed to the virus to some sort of degree. The player very well could have tested positive, or they could have come into close contact with a family member who later tested positive.
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According to the proposal that the NFL and the NFL Player’s Association agreed upon, it is also not up to the team to disclose if a player has the virus or not. Players may come out and publicly state their status (Von Miller for example), but they also have the full right to stay silent on the matter.
Lane Johnson did quickly turn to social media to announce that he had in fact tested positive.
The Eagles were obviously expecting big things from Johnson in 2020, seeing as he has been one of the league’s best right tackles the last few years. Despite being left off the NFL’s Top 100 list, most football fans view him as an elite offensive tackle in today’s game.
Nate Gerry was also expected to see an increased role in 2020, seeing as the Eagles pretty much have no one at linebacker outside of him and a few raw wild cards. Despite struggling with his tackling in the past, he is likely the team’s LB1 heading into training camp.
Jordan Mailata, the 23 year old 7th round pick from 2018, actually hasn’t played any professional football yet. He’s been viewed as a super longterm project on the Eagles offensive line, however he could see some action this year due to Brandon Brooks‘ injury.
Obviously, best of wishes to the three above mentioned players as they work to recover from the virus. Health and safety should always be the first priority during situations like these.