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Nickell Robey-Coleman and Eagles practice squad player reportedly test positive for COVID-19 [UPDATE]

Yet another player ruled out for Week 17.

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UPDATE: The Eagles officially placed Nickell Robey-Coleman on the reserve/COVID-19 list and Adrian Killins on the Practice Squad COVID-19 list. The Eagles elevated practice squad cornerback Jameson Houston, an undrafted rookie free agent, to the roster as a COVID-19 replacement.

ORIGINAL STORY BELOW.


Eagles cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman and a currently unidentified practice squad player both tested positive for COVID-19, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter.

This news means NRC will not be available for Sunday’s game against the Washington Football Team.

The Eagles were already looking pretty thin at cornerback and NRC’s absence only leaves them even thinner. Darius Slay is expected to suit up on Sunday night but Michael Jacquet was ruled questionable to play. The only other cornerback on the roster is Blake Countess, who was just elevated from the practice squad and has mostly played safety in the NFL. The Eagles have the option of using Elijah Riley and/or Grayland Arnold at corner since those two undrafted rookie free agents have experience there.

NRC is the 12th Eagles player to be ruled out for this game that the Eagles must lose in order to improve (or at least maintain) their position in the 2021 NFL Draft. The team previously ruled out the following players on their final injury report: Miles Sanders, Fletcher Cox, Dallas Goedert, Derek Barnett, Jordan Mailata, DeSean Jackson, Shaun Bradley (placed on injured reserve), Duke Riley (placed on injured reserve), and Richard Rodgers. The Eagles also recently placed Jalen Mills on the COVID-19 list. And they won’t be playing Carson Wentz in this matchup.

The Birds will clearly be operating with a skeleton crew on Sunday night. Great thing the NFL flexed this game to prime-time for everyone to see.