Three Eagles return from mystery illness, two still out


Vinny Curry, Corey Clement and Hassan Ridgeway, three of the five Eagles who missed practice Sunday with undisclosed illnesses amidst irregularities by the lab handling the team’s COVID testing, were back at practice on Monday.

John Hightower and Anthony Rush, who also missed practice with illnesses on Sunday, did not return and are still listed as out with undisclosed illnesses.

BioReference, the New Jersey-based lab that’s processing testing for about a dozen NFL teams, including the Eagles, experienced numerous false positive results over the weekend, resulting in numerous NFL players being told they had tested positive when they actually hadn’t.

Many NFL teams identified the false positives and explained the players’ absences. The Eagles have not commented on the situation, so it’s not known if the Eagles’ “illnesses” are related to the BioReference testing debacle.

Also unknown is the status of Hightower and Rush and whether their absences are related to the testing issues or something completely different.

BioReference issued a statement Monday morning saying the false positives were caused by an “isolated contamination during test preparation” and saying the issue has been resolved.

Meanwhile, offensive tackles Andre Dillard and Lane Johnson both missed practice on Monday morning, but neither injury is considered serious. 

Johnson, who last practiced on Friday, is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Dillard, who left practice early on Sunday, is day-to-day with an upper-body injury

Also still out is cornerback Sidney Jones (lower body), who hasn’t practiced since last Tuesday. The oft-injured Jones, the Eagles' 2nd-round pick in 2017, has now missed five straight practices.


Tight end Josh Perkins (upper body) is out “indefinitely,” running back Miles Sanders (lower body), defensive end Derek Barnett (ankle) and receiver Rob Davis (lower body) are “week-to-week” and defensive tackle Javon Hargrave (upper body) is out for “multiple weeks.”

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