PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus. Johnson wrote in a tweet Wednesday that he feels “feel strong and ready to go.”
— Lane Johnson (@LaneJohnson65) July 29, 2020
Johnson, along with offensive tackle Jordan Mailata and linebacker Nathan Gerry, were placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday.
Johnson revealed his positive test two minutes after the Eagles’ announcement.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) July 29, 2020
Per the NFL-NFLPA policy, the Reserve/COVID-19 list is for “a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been in close contact with an infected person or persons.”
It’s unclear if Mailata or Gerry have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Johnson said he had tested negative for COVID-19 over the past few months after traveling, which included the OL Masterminds Summit that was held 18 days ago in Dallas, Texas.
“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,” Johnson said in a statement.
“You got to find a way to contain the players so they don’t go back to the city life or partying or anything like that, so they don’t bring it back into the facility,” one fan said.
Some Eagles fans say they want to see the season continue as normal.
“They can take the proper steps to make it safe, so we can continue on,” another fan said.
Fans who spoke with Eyewitness News want to watch their favorite football team and bring some sense of normalcy to 2020.
“Of course it’s going to be different,” a fan said. “It’s not going to be able to have the same type of social gatherings how we did before, but it’s super important — something to look forward to.”
“It’s a nice mental relief from just all the politics, everything that has been going on,” another fan said.
Under NFL rules, Johnson can’t return to the complex until 10 days after his initial positive test or if he receives two consecutive negatives tests within five days of testing positive.
CBS3’s Greg Argos contributed to this report.