Jalen Mills placed on COVID-19 list; several others might miss Sunday too

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Jalen Mills placed on COVID-19 list; several others might miss Sunday too originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Eagles on Thursday afternoon placed Jalen Mills on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, which means the veteran safety will not be able to play in Sunday night’s season finale against Washington.

The NFL’s COVID-19 list is for players who either test positive or have had close contact with someone who has. Either way, Mills won’t be able to play on Sunday.

Mills on Thursday was one of seven players who did not participate in practice. With the Eagles’ playoff chances already dashed, there won’t be much reason to play guys with injuries.

Here’s the latest injury report from today:

Did not practice: Fletcher Cox (neck), Derek Barnett (calf), Dallas Goedert (calf), DeSean Jackson (ankle), Shaun Bradley (neck), Jordan Mailata (concussion), Richard Rodgers (ankle), Jalen Mills (illness)

Limited: Duke Riley (biceps), Michael Jacquet (calf), Miles Sanders (knee), Quez Watkins (rib)

This is shaping up pretty well for Washington, which needs to win on Sunday night to win the NFC East and punch their ticket to the postseason. It seems likely that most of those players listed above won’t suit up for this game.

The most notable names on the list are Cox, Barnett, Goedert and Mailata. It’s hard to imagine any of them playing Sunday.

If Mailata is able to clear the NFL’s concussion protocol, perhaps the Eagles would play him to give him another game and also to protect quarterback Jalen Hurts.

Jim Schwartz said earlier this week that the Eagles have a “no-hat” rule because they don’t want Washington to celebrate with NFC East champion hats on their field. But it also seems like the Eagles are preparing to shut down some star players for this last game.

The Eagles would be much better off with a loss on Sunday that would help their draft stock.

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