Three more Eagles placed on COVID-19 list ahead of clash with Browns

NFL: DEC 29 Eagles at Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 29: Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (19) prior to the National Football League game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 29, 2019 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

The Philadelphia Eagles are beginning to run into a slightly worrying COVID problem. Three wide receivers have been placed on the COVID-19 list after second-year wideout J.J Arcega-Whiteside tested positive for the virus, according to Geoff Mosher.

Thee other two receivers were identified as close contacts and placed on the list as a precaution.

This, of course, comes just one week after a defensive assistant tested positive, and Safety Marcus Epps tested positive and was placed on the COVID-19/reserve list. The Eagles have already had a few scares with the virus, including Head Coach Doug Pederson, who contracted it back in August.

The main takeaway here is that the testing is working and both the team and the league are working hard to ensure any new cases are instantly dealt with in the most efficient way possible, minimizing risk to the rest of the team.

However, while JJAW was a healthy scratch last week after another disappointing season, and John Hightower’s snaps had decreased with the return of Jalen Reagor, the team just lost a cluster of depth at the position. Should an area of the field that has already seen its fair share of injuries this season have to endure any more while JJAW recovers and the others isolate, depth will be minimal.

It could afford an opportunity to Quez Watkins. The rookie missed time at the start of the season due to injury and has been buried on the depth chart ever since. Watkins has made 2 appearances this season and played in a career-high 21% of snaps against the Ravens.

Hopefully this streak of infections comes to an end soon. The Eagles have been hit on four occasions now and it’s starting to get a little worrisome.