Eagles versus Washington game overshadowed by huge COVID-19 concerns

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We know what the stakes are. We know about the rivalry. We know when and where they’re playing. What we don’t know is who the Washington Football Team will have left to field when they visit the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 15.

That isn’t to make light of a serious situation as we’ve all been affected by this global health crisis. We understand that we aren’t out of the woods with this COVID-19 pandemic yet, and our thoughts are with everyone who is dealing with or has a family member or friend who is dealing with Coronavirus.

Unfortunately, however, NFL rosters consist of 53 men, and as of lunchtime on Thursday, we’re nearing a situation in which almost half of Washington’s players are in danger of not being available for a game that’s important for both teams.

The Eagles may be facing a COVID-ravaged Washington team on Sunday.

According to a Thursday afternoon report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, three more members of Washington’s roster are being added to their Reserve/COVID-19 list. That includes safety Kamren Curl. In total, as Rapoport states, that brings their tally to six starters and 12 defenders overall.

Defensive end Montez Sweat was added on December 8th. Linebacker Khaleke Hudson joined the list on December 10th and was followed by cornerback Darryl Roberts and defensive end James Smith-Williams on December 11th.

Former Eagle Casey Toohill was added to the list on December 12. Four more were added on December 13th: defensive tackle Jonathan Allen, linebacker David Mayo, defensive end William Bradley-King, and tight end Temmarick Hemmingway. Cornerback Kendall Fuller and defensive tackle Tim Settle saw their names added on December 14th, and from December 15th to the 17th, 14 more names popped up.

They include the following

  • Quarterback Kyle Allen
  • Linebacker Milo Eifler
  • Safety Darrick Forrest
  • Defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis
  • Offensive tackle Cornelius Lucas
  • Tight end Sammis Reyes
  • Wide receiver Cam Sims
  • Cornerback Troy Apke
  • Safety Kamren Curl
  • Center Keith Ismael
  • Center Tyler Larsen
  • Defensive end Daniel Wise
  • Running back Wendell Smallwood
  • Quarterback Taylor Heinicke

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Philadelphia added wide receiver Quez Watkins and running back Jason Huntley to their Reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in the week.

Both the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Football Team are 6-7 on the season. A win by either side means they have the leg up on a rival for a Wild Card spot. They’d also, obviously, have an advantage by winning this head-to-head meeting.