The Eagles have announced they’ve placed TE Dallas Goedert on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Goedert was listed on the injury report yesterday with an illness.
According to the NFL’s COVID protocols, vaccinated player must isolate themselves, but can rejoin the team if they show no symptoms and have two negative tests in 48 hours.
However, if a player does show symptoms, they’re required to stay in isolation until asymptomatic and have two negative tests.
If an unvaccinated player is put on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, then they must remain in isolation for 10 days minimum regardless of symptoms.
Could Goedert Come Back In Time For TNF?
If Goedert— who is luckily vaccinated— isn’t showing symptoms, then there’s a chance he could be able to suit up and play Thursday night against the Bucs if he doesn’t test positive by Thursday around this time.
As the Burlington County Times notes, the Eagles already experienced a quick COVID turnaround in Zach Ertz. Ertz was put on the COVID-19 list on Sept. 20, but was able to return to play after just five days. However, it seems unlikely that Goedert will able to recover in time.
Zach Ertz Set To Be TE1
If Goedert isn’t able to return in time, Zach Ertz would become the top tight end option. Ertz is coming off a game where despite seeing six targets, he reeled in one completion for seven yards.
Against tight ends, Tampa Bay typically allows 7.2 receptions and 64.0 receiving yards. Both those numbers are some of the worst in the league, so Ertz has the opportunity to rebound fast.