Nick Sirianni woke up on Wednesday morning after a big 27-17 Eagles win over the Washington Football Team and he wasn’t feeling well. It turns out he tested positive for COVID-19.
So now the Eagles’ head coach is in COVID protocol and the Eagles are unleashing the emergency plan they had in the back of their mind.
The Eagles hope Sirianni will be back before Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, but they have a plan if he’s not too.
“I wasn’t feeling great this morning when I woke up and just got tested and obviously we are where we are right now,” Sirianni said on Wednesday afternoon. “I mean, I’m feeling ok, I’m feeling a little bit better now, which is good.
“The rest of the week, I’ll be in every meeting, obviously virtually, every single meeting, every quarterback meeting, every offensive meeting, every team meeting. I’ll be running those. Just business as usual.”
The news that Sirianni tested positive comes just the day after his Eagles beat the Washington Football Team in a game that was postponed two days because of an outbreak in Washington. Many Washington players and coaches were not available in Tuesday’s rescheduled game. The Eagles had just two players — Landon Dickerson and Andre Dillard — miss Tuesday’s game and they obviously hope Sirianni’s positive test is not the beginning of their own outbreak.
“Hopefully, I’ll be ready to go on Sunday,” Sirianni said. “If not, we’ve been prepared for this. I’m very confident in what we did as far as getting ahead of everything last week and the last couple weeks of being separated, putting ourselves almost in a protocol as it was with the extra precautions we took. Everything up until game day will be very normal except I’m not in the building.”
Since receiving the news of his positive test result, Sirianni has hunkered down in a local hotel room with his computer, film, and all the necessities to coach remotely. While Sirianni said he’ll be in meetings virtually all week, he said practice pretty much runs itself.