Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson Tests Positive For COVID-19

The Philadelphia Eagles announced that head coach Doug Pederson has tested positive for COVID-19. Pederson informed the team on Sunday (August 2) after receiving a second positive test.

The team said that he is asymptomatic and is in self-quarantine. A staffer who had close contact with Pederson was sent home as a precaution, though they have not tested positive for the coronavirus.

"The organization is following the protocols established by the NFL and NFLPA. Any individuals in close contact with Pederson at our facility have been notified and will continue with daily testing procedures and compliance with all protocols before returning to the facility," the Eagles said in a statement.

Running backs coach/assistant head coach Duce Staley will take over in-person coaching duties, while Pederson will work remotely during his quarantine.

"I told the team it's not about one guy," Pederson told ESPN reporter Sal Paolantonio in a text message. "We are all in this together. Our goals don't change."

Pederson is the second NFL coach to contract the coronavirus. In March, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton tested positive for COVID-19. Payton experienced mild symptoms and recovered following a two-week self-quarantine.

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