The Eagles have announced that defensive ends Derek Barnett and Tarron Jackson, as well as cornerback Andre Chachere, have been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. The team also placed tight end Noah Togiai on the Practice Squad COVID-19 list.
A vaccinated player can return if they produce two negative COVID tests, along with being asymptomatic, within a 24-hour timespan. The NFL also updated their protocols in order to speed up how quickly players can return.
Roster Moves: Eagles have placed DE Derek Barnett, CB Andre Chachere, and DE Tarron Jackson on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
The team has also placed TE Noah Togiai on the Practice Squad COVID-19 list. pic.twitter.com/J8Zn4Jy2kZ
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 27, 2021
Eagles Lose A Crucial Special Teams Player, Depth At DE
Through 15 games, Barnett has two sacks and 19 tackles. To say he’s once again disappointed might be an understatement – the 25-year-old hasn’t registered a sack since Week 8. Barnett also has seven penalties, his second-highest total in a single season.
Barnett will be a free agent this offseason, so it’s very possible he’s in his last few weeks with the Eagles. A change of scenery would probably be the best case scenario for all parties involved, and could open up the Eagles taking a DE with one of their three first-round picks in April.
Jackson — who’s the backup to Barnett at right defensive end on the Eagles’ depth chart — has accumulated one sack, one forced fumble, one QB hit, and 14 combined tackles. Jackson is coming off a game where he saw 36 snaps on defense, the highest of the season for him. The sixth-rounder has shown potential as a rotational player.
The two join Ryan Kerrigan — who missed Sunday’s game — on the list, leaving Josh Sweat as the only active defensive end on the Eagles’ roster. The team has Cameron Malveaux (who had 34 snaps and one tackle in yesterday’s game) and Matt Leo on the practice squad, both of who could see call-ups next week depending on how the cases play out.
Chachere could be a sneaky loss, should he be unable to return in time for the Eagles’ showdown against Washington. The defensive back has appeared in every game for the Eagles, although he’s been almost exclusively used on special teams. He’s had 315 ST snaps (79.95%) — the most of any Eagle — while playing just 56 defensive snaps (5.59%). Chachere also has 10 combined tackles.