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Eagles put TE Zach Ertz on COVID-19 list; OG Brandon Brooks has pectoral injury

Eagles put TE Zach Ertz on COVID-19 list; OG Brandon Brooks has pectoral injury
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, shown Dec. 9, 2019, played Sunday in the Eagles' 17-11 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. File Photo by Derik Hamilton/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia Eagles placed veteran tight end Zach Ertz on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, the team announced.

Under the NFL's COVID-19 protocols, players who are vaccinated and asymptomatic can return to the field after providing two negative test results at least 24 hours apart, while unvaccinated players who test positive must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days.

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The Eagles' next game is on ESPN's Monday Night Football on Sept. 27 against the division rival Dallas Cowboys. According to NFL Media, Ertz is vaccinated, meaning the three-time Pro Bowl selection could still play against the Cowboys.

Ertz suited up Sunday in the Eagles' 17-11 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The 30-year-old tight end finished with just one reception for six yards on two targets.

Meanwhile, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said Monday that starting offensive guard Brandon Brooks suffered a pectoral strain and is expected to land on injured reserve.

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Sirianni, however, noted that Brooks could return later in the season.

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"We're going to miss the heck out of BG. He is the heart and soul of this team," Sirianni told reporters. "Look forward for guys stepping up, different guys leading, just a continued role for Fletcher Cox to lead. I think he's a great leader.

"He's been sharing that [role] with BG. Now he gets to take over that [role] on the field to help run that defense."

Rookie offensive lineman Landon Dickerson replaced Brooks at right guard against the 49ers. Sirianni said the team hasn't decided whether Dickerson or Nate Herbig will start in Week 3.

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