Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson tested positive for the coronavirus, and he told the team on Sunday night after a second positive test confirmed the news, according to ESPN.
Pederson, 52, is the second known NFL head coach to test positive for the virus. New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was the first. ESPN reported that Pederson allegedly contracted the virus outside the building.
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Pederson is asymptomatic and is feeling well, a source told ESPN. Another staff member who was in close contact with Pederson was also sent home. Duce Staley will assume the head coaching responsibilities in Pederson’s absence.
The Eagles have made a statement on this.
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“We received confirmation tonight that head coach Doug Pederson has tested positive for COVID-19. Pederson is asymptomatic and is doing well. He is currently in self-quarantine and in communication with the team’s medical staff, ”the team said. “The organization follows protocols established by the NFL and the NFLPA.
He added, “Everyone in close contact with Pederson at our facility has been briefed and will continue with daily testing procedures and adherence to all protocols before returning to the facility.”