The Philadelphia Eagles have managed to work their way into the playoff picture and head into Week 17 with control of their own fate. The team is 8-7 and holds the final NFC wild card berth. They are tied with the sixth place 49ers, and both teams currently sit a game up on the Vikings, Falcons, and Saints.
The Eagles have done a fairly good job avoiding COVID-19 outbreaks to date. They did place three players on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday, December 27, but players have been coming off the list pretty consistently. COVID-19 has already had a significant impact on the playoff race. Teams like the Ravens and Saints have had to play with key contributors sidelined and could miss the playoffs as a result. We’ll be updating this list over the final two weeks as the Eagles attempt to secure a wild card berth.
Eagles COVID-19 list
DE Derek Barnett (Placed Mon, Dec 27)
DB Andre Chachere (Placed Mon, Dec 27)
NFL COVID-19 protocols
The NFL changed its policy on Tuesday, December 28 following the CDC’s adjustment. If unvaccinated, a player must miss a minimum of five days if a close contact or a positive test. If they have not shown symptoms for at least 24 hours at the end of that five days, they are eligible to be activated.
A vaccinated player does not need to quarantine if a close contact, but does if they test positive. A vaccinated player can test out sooner than the five days if he is asymptomatic for at least 24 hours by one of the following options:
- He receivers two BRL PCR test results that are either negative or produce Cycle Threshold (CT) values of 35 or greater; OR
- He receive one BRL PCR test result that is either negative or produces CT values of 35 or greater and a negative Mesa test result from a test taken within 24 hours of the BRL PCR test. Both tests can be taken at the same time or less than 24 hours apart; OR
- He receives two negative MESA tests 24 hours after the initial swab was taken, but can be taken concurrently provided it’s two separate new swabs.