Eagles' Doug Pederson Discusses Positive COVID-19 Test: 'I Can Still Run the Team Virtually'

94WIP Staff
August 03, 2020 - 12:36 pm

The news that Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson tested positive for COVID-19 was announced on Sunday evening. On Monday afternoon, Pederson addressed the media through a digital call on his situation.

Pederson says he feels great, has no symptoms, and had high energy during the call. 

"I think one of the things I've learned this offseason is, I can still run the team virtually," Pederson said on Monday.

"I am very comfortable and confident that the protocols we have in place at NovaCare are for the best interest of the team and for those who enter the building."

Pederson says he still remains confident that the NFL will be able to have a 2020-21 season. 

"My confidence has not changed at all," Pederson said. "It's full steam ahead for me. Obviously, I'm itching to get back into the building at some point and be around our players."

The Eagles released this statement on Sunday evening.

"We received confirmation this evening that head coach Doug Pederson tested positive for COVID-19," the statement read. "Pederson is asymptomatic and doing well. He is currently in self-quarantine and and in communication with the team's medical staff. The organization is following the protocols established by the NFL and the NFLPA. Any individuals in close contact with Pederson at our facility have been notified and will continue with daily testing procedures and compliance with all protocols before returning to the facility."

Pederson, 52-years old, will now have to go through the NFL's COVID-19 protocol to return to the facility. Pederson will need to receive two negative tests, at least 24-hours apart, within five days to return. Or, he can return 10 days from his initial positive test.

In addition to Pederson, passing-game coordinator Press Taylor has also been sent home because he has been in close contact with Pederson, according to an ESPN report. Taylor has not tested positive, but will still need to pass through NFL protocol to return to the NovaCare Complex. 

Pederson will still be able to take part in virtual meetings and prepare for the season at home. On Monday, Pederson confirmed that assistant head coach Duce Staley will take over day-to-day duties and the two of them will be in constant communication. 

According to an ESPN report, which was first to report Pederson's positive test, Pederson told the team on Sunday night in a previously unplanned team meeting after he received a second positive test. The team does not believe he contracted coronavirus in the facility, according to the report. 

The Eagles are able to begin hour-long walk-throughs on the field starting on Monday, which Pederson will now not be able to attend. The team can hold hour-long walk-throughs until August 12, at which point they can begin practices with shells and helmets. On August 17, the Eagles can begin normal training camp practices.

Pederson is the second known positive COVID-19 case on the Eagles, with Lane Johnson also revealing last week that he has tested positive. Linebacker Nate Gerry and offensive tackle Jordan Mailata have also been placed on the COVID-19 list, but it is unclear if they are on the list because they tested positive or were in contact with someone who was.

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