The Eagles held practice as scheduled Sunday following a report from NFL Network of COVID testing irregularities from the lab that's handling testing for the Eagles and numerous other teams.
Tom Pelissero reported Sunday morning that BioReference, which has several labs in New Jersey, experienced irregularities that resulted in numerous false positives from player and staff testing.
According to Pelissero, the fact that the NFL has had such a low positive testing result since training camps began - "a fraction of 1 percent," he said - and all of a sudden numerous positive tests from just one lab appeared, the results appeared suspicious to the league's medical officials.
The Eagles have had nine players miss practice since Friday with undisclosed illnesses. Jalen Reagor, Rasul Douglas, Deontay Burnett and Shareef Miller missed practice Friday but were all back at practice on Sunday.
The Eagles did not practice on Saturday.
The Eagles have a strict, NFL-approved cleaning and distancing protocol in place at the NovaCare Complex and have not had any confirmed positive tests since training camp began last weekend.
Pelissero said several teams changed their practice schedules on Sunday after the numerous positive tests, even though league medical officials suspected the results were not accurate.
The Bears and the Browns both released statements confirming that they had either cancelled or delayed practice.
Bills general manager Brandon Beane told reporters in Buffalo that the NFL told him there were "10 or 11" teams affected by the testing irregularities.
But the Eagles began practice as scheduled at 10:30 a.m. They were scheduled to practice for about 2 1/2 hours at the NovaCare Complex in South Philadelphia.
The Eagles haven't had any players placed on the COVID reserve list since training camp began. Three players - Lane Johnson, Jordan Mailata and Nate Gerry - were on the list as camp began but were all cleared and are all back practicing with the team.
The NFL released this statement Sunday morning:
"Saturday's daily COVID testing returned several positives tests from each of the clubs serviced by the same laboratory in New Jersey. We are working with our testing partner, BioReference, to investigate these results, while the clubs work to confirm or rule out the positive tests. Clubs are taking immediate precautionary measures as outlined in the NFL-NFLPA's health and safety protocols to include contact tracing, isolation of individuals and temporarily adjusting the schedule, where appropriate. The other laboratories used for NFL testing have not had similar results."