Pederson is “asymptomatic and doing well,” the Eagles said. He is in self-quarantine and in communication with the team’s medical staff.
“Everyone in close contact with Pederson at our facility has been advised and will continue to follow daily testing procedures and adhere to all protocols before returning to the facility,” the statement said.
Pederson contracting the virus adds to growing concerns about the coming season. NFL teams have already started showing up to training camps in July, but Commissioner Roger Goodell called off the preseason out of caution. The season is scheduled to begin Thursday, September 10.
Dr Myron Rolle, a third-year neurosurgeon resident at Massachusetts General Hospital and a former NFL safety officer for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans, told CNN more time was needed before the players, the teams or fans do not return to the stadiums.
The coronavirus also affects other sports. Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred threatened to end the shortened season on Friday if the league and players didn’t do a better job following Covid-19 protocols and dealing with the virus. MLB announced last Friday that 29 players and team staff tested positive for the virus last week.