By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has tested positive for the coronavirus. ESPN first reported the news on Sunday night.
He is the second NFL head coach, who has tested positive for the virus. Previously, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton tested positive for the coronavirus.
Pederson told his team on Sunday night. He waited until he got back his second test result before breaking the news to his team.
Payton was able to defeat the virus. He did not have to go to the hospital, like the more severe cases.
Pederson is asymptomatic, according to ESPN. He’s reportedly feeling fine.
The Eagles leader reportedly got the virus outside of the team facilities. A staffer, who had close contact with Pederson, was sent home and was told to isolate.
It’s not clear how long Pederson may have had the virus. If it’s in the early stages, he will stay away from his team for at least the next two weeks.
Pederson will lead the team virtually. However, former Eagles player Duce Staley, who is the team’s running back coach, will oversee the in-person day-to-day operations.
Right now, there are no plans to close the NovaCare facility.
Pederson has been the Eagles head coach since the 2016 season. During the 2017 season, he guided Philadelphia to their first Super Bowl win in team history over the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota in February 2018.