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Philly might be without their top tight end on Thursday night.
The Philadelphia Eagles placed Dallas Goedert on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday morning, according to an official announcement from the team.
This development isn’t good news for the Birds. Goedert is now in serious jeopardy of missing Philly’s Week 6 Thursday Night Football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Assuming he’s vaccinated, Goedert can only be activated back to the roster if he produces two negative COVID tests 24 hours apart. There are only about 55 hours until the Eagles’ kickoff from the time I’m typing this (12:16 PM ET).
If Goedert isn’t vaccinated, he’s definitely out for Thursday’s game. He wouldn’t be able to rejoin the team until 10 days pass at the earliest.
Jalen Hurts has hardly shown a penchant for throwing to the Eagles’ tight ends. Still, here’s how Goedert ranks on the team in a number of key categories:
Snaps played: 5th most of any offensive player (68.3%)
Targets: Tied for 5th (19)
Receiving yards: 3rd (216)
Yards per reception: 3rd (14.4)
Receiving touchdowns: 1st (2)
Big plays: Tied for 1st (4)
First downs: 2nd (12)
The Eagles are going to need to score a lot of points to have a chance at upsetting the Bucs. Not great that they’ll potentially be missing Goedert in this.
On the bright side, the Eagles do still have Zach Ertz. But Ertz has hardly been a force this year. He’s caught 14 of his 25 targets for 160 yards and one touchdown.
Jack Stoll is the only tight end on the 53-man roster behind Ertz. The team recently re-signed Noah Togiai to their practice squad, so it’s possible he gets elevated to the game day roster. Richard Rodgers is still a free agent if the Eagles want to bring the veteran back as a stop-gap solution. The Eagles previously re-re-re-re-signed Dick Rod when Ertz went on the COVID list.