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Some Eagles staff members returning to NovaCare Complex later this week

Some Eagles staff members returning to NovaCare Complex later this week

The Eagles closed down the NovaCare Complex back on March 13 but are expected to begin the process of opening their facility later this week. 

The latest from NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Derrick Gunn: 

This is just the first step toward getting back to normal but it doesn’t mean the Eagles will be back to practice immediately. As Gunn said, this does lead us all to believe the Eagles will be able to have training camp in South Philadelphia beginning in late July. 

June 5, the date the Eagles will welcome back some employees, is the date the City of Philadelphia is expected to enter the yellow phase of the state’s plan to re-open Pennsylvania. 

Under the yellow phase, professional sports teams are also allowed to practice and play, without fans, if they develop a COVID-19 safety plan that is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. 

While the Eagles would be allowed to practice at the NovaCare Complex under state regulations as early as June 5, the NFL will not allow any teams to practice until all 32 teams are allowed to practice based on their own state rules. 

Back on May 15, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to teams about re-opening their facilities: 

NFL coaching staffs aren’t currently allowed in team facilities when they open for “equity” purposes. Individual teams are allowed to pick which employees can return to the facility — personnel, football operations, administrative staff, equipment staff, medical staff, nutrition staff, etc. — but the total number may not exceed 75. 

Those are the types of employees who will be back at the NovaCare Complex later this week. 

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Eagle Eye podcast: What Jason Peters move means for Andre Dillard, plus much more

Eagle Eye podcast: What Jason Peters move means for Andre Dillard, plus much more

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Barrett Brooks take a long look at the Eagles’ decision to bring back Jason Peters.

They get into what the move means for Andre Dillard, whether Peters will ultimately end up back at left tackle, how long J.P. might be able to extend his career if he stays at guard, how long it will take him to adjust to a new position and and much more. 

They also looked at defensive tackle and defensive end on the All-Time Eagles Team and whether Fletcher Cox or Jerome Brown is the greatest defensive tackle in Eagles history. 



(0:42) — Jason Peters back with the Eagles to play right guard

(27:18) — Jerome vs. Fletcher 

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Eagles fans won't be allowed at games this fall, health officials say

Eagles fans won't be allowed at games this fall, health officials say

Eagles fans should start coming to grips with watching games from their couch in 2020.

After the city of Philadelphia cancelled "large public events" through February 2021 on Tuesday, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, health officials provided an update on the feasability of fans watching Eagles games in person.

Philadelphia Department of Health commissioner Thomas Farley and Philadelphia managing director Brian Abernathy made it sound all but certain that Lincoln Financial Field stands will be empty.

Per the Inquirer:

"I do think that games can be played with the kind of safety precautions that they're proposing. I do not think that they can have spectators at those games. There’s no way for them to be safe having a crowd there," Farley said. "I can't say what the plans are for the league, but from a safety perspective, they can play games but not [have] crowds."

"The Eagles are still going to be allowed to play, although without crowds. The Phillies will continue to be allowed to play, although without crowds," Managing Director Brian Abernathy said.

Abernathy said NFL guidelines also "remind teams that local authorities have the ability to ban fans, so I don't expect any issues."

"We have been in communication with the Eagles. We have told them our expectations are that they don't have fans," Albernathy said.

Whether other teams around the country will be able to host fans, based on differing guidance from state officials, remains to be seen. Earlier this month, reports emerged claiming the NFL is considering fan waivers for those interested in attending home games this season.

A season without home fans also means the Eagles stand to lose a sizable sum of money if the NFL plays its 17-week regular season as scheduled.

As NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro noted, the Eagles will be one of the 10 teams most affected (financially) by a lack of fans at home games:

The Eagles in 2018 were tied for eighth in the NFL with $204 million in stadium revenue. Just the Cowboys, Patriots, Giants, Texans, Jets 49ers and Redskins made more.

In late June, the organization informed season ticket holders that their ticket installment payments would not be billed, fueling speculation that games would be played in empty stadiums this fall. 

Barring a drastic change in the pandemic's trajectory between now and early September, it seems that speculation was right.

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