So, when might the Philadelphia Eagles return to the NovaCare Complex?
Well, we’re getting there slowly. Believe it or not, the first half of the 2020 calendar year is behind us. The good news is that, like every other year, football should be right around the corner. The bad news is, for Philadelphia Eagles fans and for fans of the other 31 NFL teams, the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic means that we’re not out of the woods yet.
2020’s regular season will be both challenging and unusual. With the preseason on the horizon, we’ve been inundated with theories on everything from scrapping two preseason games to a possible roster reduction. That’s forced everyone to question who’d actually walk into the season if Philly didn’t carry the usual 90-man lineup.
At this point, every step in the direction of a football season is a reason to rejoice and be positive, and though many NFL franchise’s staffs have returned to their respective facilities, Doug Pederson and his staff elected to continue to work from home. When might we see them back at the Novacare Complex? One Eagles insider may have an answer.
Here’s some good news if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan.
As June neared its end, the NFL sent out a memo encouraging all 32 teams to outline a plan to develop an Infectious Disease Emergency Response plan for containing the coronavirus in the event of any outbreaks and instructions on how to designate tiers. The latter is done to mandate where team employees can go in what they can do.
As much as you may be sick of hearing the term “social distancing”, it’s still necessary. On a recent episode of Geoff Mosher and Adam Caplan’s Inside the Birds podcast, Mosher outlined a possible timeline for the return of team personnel to the NovaCare Complex. Here’s a quote.
"What I was told is that Eagles coaches and staff members are being asked to be in the Philadelphia area by July 10th… They are going to have to undergo a mandatory seven-day quarantine and then be tested after those seven days… July 17th is when the testing precedes for the coaches and staff. I think it’s pretty interesting and demonstrates what we have been saying about Jeffrey Lurie, his concerns about COVID-19, and being on the forefront of it."
Again, any news about football is good news at this point. Pay very close attention to the headlines. The “Birds” could be back at work sooner rather than later. That would be a very good thing if that happens.