The Philadelphia Eagles activated starting linebacker Nathan Gerry from the reserve/COVID-19 list, according to an official announcement from the team.
The Eagles originally placed Gerry, Lane Johnson, and Jordan Mailata on reserve/COVID-19 back on Wednesday, July 29. Johnson confirmed at the time that he actually contracted the coronavirus but it was unclear if the same was true for Gerry and Mailata. One does not need to test positive to make the list; it also applies to those who have “been in close contact with an infected person or persons.”
In any case, Gerry has now been cleared to return to the team while Johnson and Mailata are still required to keep away from the NovaCare Complex. Head coach Doug Pederson also remains physically separated from the team after testing positive for COVID-19 last Sunday, August 2.
Getting Gerry back in the building is important for the Eagles considering he’s likely to lead all linebackers in playing time this season. Rookie third-round pick Davion Taylor recently remarked how Gerry is the leader of their position group.