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Doug Pederson’s message to Eagles’ players after leave of absence due to coronavirus

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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson won’t be leaving his players and team unprepared. 

ESPN Eagles insider Tim McManus tweeted the coach’s message to the team via Sal Paolantonio:

“I told the team it’s not about one guy. We are all in this together. Our goals don’t change.”

The coach is still in high spirits and optimistic. He is relieved that both his wife and family have been gone in recent days so it is likely that they are not at risk. 

The 52-year old coach is set for a two-week leave of absence as he has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The Eagles announced the news in a statement on Sunday. 

Pederson is currently not experiencing any symptom of the virus but an unidentified team member who was in close contact with the coach was also advised to self-quarantine as per NFL and NFLPA protocols.

Pederson now joins New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton as the only two league coaches to test positive for the virus. Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson is the only other team member to test positive at the moment.

NFL protocol mandates that Pederson must test negative twice in the next 72 hours before he can be allowed to rejoin the team in their facility.