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In the midst of a COVID outbreak, the Philadelphia Eagles could face an impossible game in Week 18 – unless their players are released, which is entirely possible.
A 20-16 win over Washington allows the Philadelphia Eagles to continue in their playoff mission, but a sharp Monday update changed their outlook for Week 18.
According to Tom Pelissero and Mike Garofolo, a dozen Eagles players, including Fletcher Cox, Dallas Goedert and Jason Kelce, tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. Running backs Jordan Howard and Boston Scott are also on the list, as well as at least seven other players.
The news destroys the depth at several different positions, including running back, tight end, linebacker, safety and cornerback.
However, not all hope is lost: according to the NFL’s new COVID protocols, all of these players could hypothetically test negative and return before Saturday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.
The Philadelphia Eagles are experiencing COVID outbreaks as a dozen players test positive
Although several of those players could return, it’s still bad news for the Eagles, and for some players more than others. This is the second time that Dallas Goedert has tested positive for the virus.
Many Eagles fans are relieved that the COVID results came after the win rather than before, as COVID has been the opponent that has knocked several teams out of the playoff battle.
Despite the rise in cases involving key players, the Eagles have been battling COVID in the past week. On December 27, the team exposed eight players with COVID-19, and one of them has been activated since January. 3.
Prior to their December 26 game, Chiefs wideout Tyreek Hill was one of many players involved in a COVID outburst on the Kansas City squad. But Hill cleared the records just four days after being tested positive, playing in that game and helping the Chiefs win the AFC West.
While all of these players are expected to be cleared in the playoffs, the spread of COVID – and its lasting effects on the body – could be a serious concern in the coming weeks. But so far, Eagles fans can remain optimistic that some of these players will return sooner rather than later.