Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni tests positive for COVID-19, enters protocols

PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles coach Nick Sirianni has tested positive for the coronavirus and has entered the league's protocols.

Sirianni said he is hoping to be cleared to coach Sunday's game against the New York Giants. If Sirianni cannot coach, passing game coordinator Kevin Patullo will assume head-coaching duties in his absence and offensive coordinator Shane Steichen will call the plays on offense.

Sirianni was not feeling well when he woke up Wednesday morning, he said. A subsequent test produced a positive result.

"I'm feeling OK, I'm feeling a little bit better now, which is good," he said.

Sirianni, in his first season as the Eagles' head coach, has since checked into a hotel. He plans to be a part of every meeting virtually this week.

"Everything up until game day will be very normal except I'm not in the building," he said. "But I'll be running everything the same way because I'm the head coach. As far as Sunday goes, we'll play that by ear and see what happens."

Sirianni said his staff is "good" when asked about their health but added that he would be getting more information from the medical staff later in the day regarding "where everybody is as far as that goes."

The Eagles also placed offensive tackle Le'Raven Clark on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. He is the third Eagles offensive linemen to be placed on the COVID list along with Landon Dickerson and Andre Dillard.

The Eagles are operating on a short week, having played the Washington Football Team on Tuesday night after a COVID-19 outbreak for Washington led to the game being postponed.

Sirianni is the fourth NFL head coach to test positive for the coronavirus, joining the New York Jets' Robert Saleh, the Cleveland Browns' Kevin Stefanski and the New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton (twice).