The Washington Football Team and Philadelphia Eagles are set to kick off Tuesday night in an important NFC East matchup that was forced to be rescheduled due to the COVID-19 outbreak around the league. Washington has been hit especially hard, and announced on Monday that it would be without several assistant coaches.
According to Washington, defensive line coach Sam Mills III will miss Tuesday’s game and will be replaced by assistant defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina. Wide receivers coach Drew Terrell is out as well, and he will be replaced by senior offensive assistant Jim Hostler. Running backs coach Randy Jordan is also out, and he will be replaced by assistant running backs coach Jennifer King. Defensive backs coach Chris Harris is out and will be replaced by assistant defensive backs coach Richard Rodgers. Assistant defensive backs/nickel coach Brent Vieselmeyer will miss Week 15 along with defensive quality control coach Vincent Rivera and defensive coaching intern Christian Garcia. That’s a total of seven assistants that will miss this important divisional showdown.
The NFL updated its protocols so that vaccinated asymptomatic players could return to the field sooner, but it’s not guaranteed they will “test out.” According to the new protocols, vaccinated players who test positive for the coronavirus can return if they register two PCR tests that are either negative or have a CT (cycle threshold) of 35 or greater. Or, one PCR test that is either negative or has a CT value of 35 or greater, and negative Mesa test taken with 24 hours of the PCR test. Players can also return to the field if they register two negative Mesa tests.
Not only is Washington not guaranteed to return anyone for Tuesday night, but it could also register more positive tests. All-Pro offensive guard Brandon Scherff was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday afternoon. However, Washington did activate pass-rusher Montez Sweat, defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis and offensive tackle Sam Cosmi