Philadelphia Eagles place three players on Reserve/COVID-19 list

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Bad news comes for three Philadelphia Eagles ahead of Week 11’s game.

A long and difficult Philadelphia Eagles season takes another unexpected turn as some very unexpected and unfortunate news broke out of the NovaCare Complex just three days before Philly’s Week 11 tilt with the Cleveland Browns. According to several reports, including one from the team’s official site, three players have tested positive for Coronavirus.

As most of you know that means that those players will be placed on the team’s Reserve-COVID-19 list. This is a designation given to players who have either tested positive or have come into close contact with someone else who has.

Here’s an official statement from the team, via their Twitter account.

Who’s been affected, and what’s next for this Philadelphia Eagles team?

According to a report, Geoff Mosher and Adam Caplan were both informed that the affected parties are three Eagles wide receivers, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, John Hightower, and Deontay Burnett. ESPN’s Tim McManus confirmed that same report minutes later. Marcus Epps is also on the Reserve-COVID-19 list as well.

For as long as those players are on the list, they don’t count towards the team’s active roster. That makes Travis Fulgham, Greg Ward, Alshon Jeffery, Jalen Reagor, and Quez Watkins the only receivers that are available to play in Sunday’s game. If Deontay Burnett is out, Philly doesn’t have any available wide receivers on their practice squad.

Keep an eye on this one if you’re a Birds fan. It’s a possibility that there could be some shuffling of the Eagles’ roster before Week 11’s game. This is another must-win for Philly and the first time they’ll face Baker Mayfield and new Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski in an NFL regular-season game.

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This should be interesting to watch over the course of the next few days. The Browns, despite a 6-3 record are the third-placed team in the NFC North. They’d be running away with the division’s crown if they played in the NFC East.