Three-time Pro Bowl Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson has tested positive for the new coronavirus.
The Eagles placed Johnson, linebacker Nathan Gerry, and tackle Jordan Mailata on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.
The team is not disclosing if any of the players tested positive or were exposed to someone who has been infected with the new coronavirus.
However, Johnson confirmed in a statement on Twitter that “I have tested positive for COVID-19, but feel strong and ready to go.”
Here is the rest of his statement:
“Over the past few months, I have tested negative after all travels including before and after the OL Masterminds Summit — 18 days ago.
“I have been working hard in preparation for a long, grueling season and have tried to take all the necessary precautions to build a safe and healthy environment during the sessions. I have and will continue to take this seriously and encourage everyone else to do so as well.
“I will follow all protocols and I look forward to joining my teammates and coaches on the field soon! #FlyEaglesFly”
10. Chip Kelly hired
The Eagles had just fired their respected coach of 14 years in the most amicable divorce ever. They even gave Andy Reid a going-away party. But the goal was to find someone innovative who could take the Eagles to the next level. Kelly was the man.
"Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles," owner Jeffrey Lurie said at the time. "He has a brilliant football mind. He motivates his team with his actions as well as his words. He will be a great leader for us and will bring a fresh, energetic approach to our team."
9. 2012 collapse
The events that led to Kelly's hiring were shocking to watch unfold, with Reid firing defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and defensive line coach Jim Washburn during the season and also releasing defensive end Jason Babin, who had 18 sacks the year before. By the end, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha had begun to eat lunch in his car and the players largely had quit on Reid for the first time in 14 years.
The trouble began long before the season even started, when left tackle Jason Peters tore an Achilles tendon in the offseason and one of Reid's sons, Garrett, was found dead from what turned out to be a heroin overdose in his Lehigh University dorm room at training camp.
Hard to believe the season began with such promise, too. The Eagles started 3-1. Included in that stretch was a win over eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore. Their offensive line was decimated by injuries, though, and eventually quarterback Michael Vick was injured, too. He was limited to 10 games. Rookie Nick Foles started all the others, going just 1-5, then was injured as well.
8. Carson Wentz drafted
The flurry of trades general manager Howie Roseman made to move up and select Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft proved to be a stroke of genius as the Eagles landed the quarterback they coveted while still having a plan in place to keep Sam Bradford as their starter for all of 2016 before turning the keys over to Wentz.
But when the Minnesota Vikings made the Eagles an offer for Bradford that they couldn't refuse just before the season began, Bradford suddenly was out and Wentz was elevated to the top spot, over Chase Daniel.
7. The Dream Team
With the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement following the 2010 season, the Eagles saw an opportunity to do a radical roster makeover in 2011, shedding more players than usual while pursuing many top-name free agents, which was uncharacteristic of the way they had previously done business.
But all of a sudden, they landed Babin, Asomugha, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, wide receiver Steve Smith, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, among others. They even loaded up at quarterback with high-priced backup Vince Young, who in a flight of fancy described the newfangled roster as the "Dream Team" shortly after being added to it. Little did he know that those words could and would be used against him and the team, particularly then-president Joe Banner.
The dream team also included a dysfunctional new array of assistant coaches, including new defensive coordinator Castillo, moved from offensive line coach to replace the fired Sean McDermott; and new defensive line coach Washburn, who was given the power by Reid to undermine Castillo by installing the Wide 9 as the base alignment for a completely undisciplined front four.
6. Andy Reid's final playoff game
David Akers missed field goal attempts from 41 and 34 yards in a 21-16 loss to eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay, prompting Reid to fire Akers, defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, linebackers coach Bill Shuey, defensive line coach Rory Segrest and, well, you get the idea.
It marked the beginning of the end of the Reid era, which was an important turning point in the evolution of this team.
5. Howie Roseman's demotion
After back-to-back 10-6 seasons, Kelly convinced Lurie early in 2015 to turn over complete control of the football product to him, which meant a demotion to "executive vice president of football operations" for Roseman, who actually would have zero control of football operations.
Kelly then dismantled the roster, trading away LeSean McCoy and releasing guard Evan Mathis, among others, leading to a 6-9 record before he was fired with one game to go.
4. Nick Foles ascends
Foles actually played better than he did in 2017. His 2013 season (203-for-317, 27 TDs, two interceptions, 8-2 record in 10 starts) was one for the ages, but the Eagles couldn't capitalize after winning the NFC East and then falling to the Saints in the wild-card round.
But in 2017, when he took over for the injured Wentz, he led them all the way to their first Super Bowl title, winning two of three regular-season games and all three that followed.
All this after being talked out of retirement the year before by Reid, who drafted him in 2012 while still the Eagles' coach.
3. Miracle at the Meadowlands II
DeSean Jackson's dramatic punt return for a touchdown on the game's final play capped a spectacular comeback that saw the Eagles erase a 21-point Giants lead over the final 8:23 to score a 38-31 victory.
Jackson turned sideways at the goal line to make sure the clock expired before taking it in, because there was no way he or the Eagles wanted to have to kick off again in a game like that.
Alas, though that win sealed the NFC East title with two games to play, the Eagles never won another game.
2. Philly Special
This greatest of Super Bowl highlights gets a separate category because it's so ... special.
To recap, Foles started in the shotgun position, with Corey Clement motioning to a stop behind him. Foles then shifted into a right wingback position before Clement took the direct snap. Clement started to run left before flipping the ball to tight end Trey Burton, a former quarterback at Florida, on a reverse. Burton then pulled up and lofted a soft pass to Foles, who had snuck uncovered into the right side of the end zone. Touchdown.
The play came on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line with under a minute remaining in the first half and the Eagles holding a three-point lead. A stop by the Patriots there could have been the turning point. But obviously it didn't happen. And everyone knows what happened around two hours later ...
1. Super Bowl champs
Tom Brady's Hail Mary went unanswered as his last-second heave into the end zone fell incomplete and there were no flags. Super Bowl LII was in the books.
Eagles 41, Patriots 33.
Confetti rained down at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Eagles had won the Super Bowl for the first time and accomplished it in a shootout with their backup quarterback running the offense.
• The Eagles' unlikely playoff berth and double-doink win over the Bears in the wild-card round following last season.
• Foles' taking over for the injured Michael Vick in 2013 and throwing just two interceptions to go with 27 touchdown passes and eight wins in 10 regular-season starts.
• Jackson's release in 2014, after he completed his best season as a pro.
• Fellow WR Riley Cooper, suspended during the 2013 preseason after making a racist comment at a concert, was given a rich contract extension instead.
• Kelly's firing with one game to go in the 2015 season.
• Roseman's restoration to football czar in 2016 and his being part of the search committee that identified Pederson as their best choice for coach.