Philadelphia Eagles place five players on COVID-19 list after positive test

The Philadelphia Eagles have placed five players on the COVID-19 list ahead of Week 11’s game against the Cleveland Browns.

Upon learning Thursday morning that a player had tested positive for COVID-19, the Eagles placed wide receivers J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and John Hightower, running back Corey Clement and defensive end Vinny Curry on the reserve/Covid-19 list and wide receiver Deontay Burnett on the Practice Squad COVID-19 list.

“The individual close contacts who were identified through contact tracing are in self-isolation,” the team said in a statement. “We are following NFL-NFLPA intensive protocols and remain in communication with the league on this matter.”

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The NFL recently instituted a league-wide intensive COVID-19 program, which goes into effect Saturday.

Hightower was a close contact yet was not deemed high-risk, while Curry and Clement were also close contacts but unrelated to Arcega-Whiteside.

Arcega-Whiteside was a healthy scratch in Week 10’s loss to the Giants amid the return of Alshon Jeffery. The former second-round pick has earned two receptions for 45 yards on five targets in seven games played this year.

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Hightower has played 277 total snaps in 2020, including two snaps in Week 10. He started four games from Weeks 3-6 when the Eagles’ receiving corps was banged up. Hightower has earned 166 yards on nine catches this season.

Burnett has played in just two games this season, in Weeks 3 and 4, catching three passes for 19 yards.

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