Report: Eagles Safety Marcus Epps tests positive for COVID-19

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 27: Philadelphia Eagles safety Marcus Epps (22) looks on during the game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Philadelphia Eagles on September 27, 2020 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Eagles Safety Marcus Epps has tested positive for COVID-19.

Epps will be placed on the COVID-19/reserve list and will be allowed to return 10 days after his initial positive, or 5 days if he receives two negative tests at least 24-hours apart within that window.

The Eagles are on a Bye-week which obviously helps here, but a positive COVID case is never good news. However, the NFL implemented contract tracing recently in order to find players who may be at risk following the positive test of a player. The devices are to be worn during every game and team activity. One would hope that on a bye, contact with others is minimal, but depending on when the infection first presented itself, there could obviously be a greater risk.

Marcus Epps saw significant defensive snaps in weeks 4 and 5 but has largely been a rotational piece. He has 19 tackles on the season.

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