Eagles’ Doug Pederson Tests Positive For COVID-19

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson will spend some time away from the team after testing positive for COVID-19 (Twitter link via Tim McManus of ESPN.com). In the interim, assistant head coach Duce Staley will assume HC duties at the team’s complex, as Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweets

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Pederson, 52, has not experienced any symptoms, but he’ll quarantine to avoid spreading the virus, per the protocols. The league’s guidelines mandate multiple tests for Pederson before he can get back to work.

Person is the second head coach known to have contracted the coronavirus, following Sean Payton‘s positive test earlier this year. Payton’s recovery was relatively quick – he tested positive on March 16 and he was cleared before the end of the month.

You fatigue real easy,” Payton said of his experience with the virus. “I’d be up moving around, doing something, then you’d want to lay down again. That lasted three or four days. By the time I got the test results back I had begun feeling better. I had my appetite back.”

Pederson is set to enter his fifth year as the Eagles’ head coach. Staley, a longtime Eagles running back, joined the team as an assistant in 2011 and worked his way up to AHC in 2018.

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8 comments on “Eagles’ Doug Pederson Tests Positive For COVID-19

    • What’s your point?

      What’s the percentage among athletes that are 50 and over? It’s easier to spread Covid when you aren’t aware that you have it while physically present among a large group of people. Doug also has young kids at home.

    • jhiphop

      So he should just go back and give it to everyone else at the facility, right? I mean, if only one of them as you say gets sick, who cares? Or maybe it’s just another coach, who has an unknown illness, and he dies from it, but coaches can easily be replaced so, I mean, it’s just one death. And if some random coach dies just so I can watch football, it’ll be worth it. STFU

      • bestno5

        I don’t think they said any of these things. I think their statement is pretty clear…..most athletes who test positive have no symptoms. It’s not just athletes either, it’s a lot of the positive test results in general. Most are asymptotic. That’s a good a bad thing, good these individuals haven’t had to deal with some of the complications, bad they were unaware they had it. It’s Covid-19 in a nutshell shell.

  1. crosseyedlemon

    If the next HC to test positive also has a championship ring, brace yourself for some crazy conspiracy theories.

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