PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz was activated from the reserve / COVID-19 list on Saturday, the team announced.
Ertz, 30, returned to practice for the first time since being placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list on Monday, increasing the odds that he will play the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN Deportes) .
Per NFL protocols, vaccinated and asymptomatic players may return after providing two negative test results 24 hours apart.
Ertz played Sunday in a 17-11 loss to the San Francisco 49ers and finished with a 6-yard catch from two goals. He has three catches for a total of 40 yards so far this year.
Coach Nick Sirianni said he has prepared two plans – one that included Ertz playing and another if he was sidelined.
The Eagles have had a tough week with injuries. Defensive end Brandon Graham suffered an Achilles tendon rupture against the Niners and will be missing the rest of the year. Guard Brandon Brooks will be brought down with a strained pec while left tackle Jordan Mailata suffered a medial collateral ligament sprain in practice and will miss the game. Rookie Landon Dickerson and Andre Dillard are scheduled to replace Brooks and Mailata in the lineup.