The Eagles got some good news ahead of their “Monday Night Football” showdown with the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3. Philadelphia activated tight end Zach Ertz from the reserve / COVID-19 roster on Saturday, meaning the veteran is eligible to play against Dallas. He was back on the pitch to train with the club on Saturday as it concluded the preparation week ahead of Monday’s face-to-face.
The 30-year-old tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, but was able to come back so quickly because he was vaccinated, remained asymptomatic and recorded two negative COVID-19 tests at least 24 hours apart .
Asked about the uncertainty of Ertz’s playing status on Thursday, coach Nick Sirianni explained that the Eagles are essentially setting up two game plans – one with Ertz in the fold and one without him.
“You have to have dual plans. And so without going into that too much, everything has to be dual planned,” Sirianni said, via the team’s official website. “You have to save what you want to have. Do you want to be in 12 people, do you want to be in 11 people? And so you just have to save everything. … It’s just something we had to do and the nature of business in the NFL. “
Of course, this is a big development for Philadelphia, especially with Dallas leading the schedule. In his 15 career regular-season games against the Cowboys, he has 66 receptions for 641 yards and four touchdowns. This season, Ertz has three catches for 40 yards.
Ertz will now join a close Eagles unit made up of Dallas Goedert and rookie Jack Stoll on the active 53-man roster.
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