Burnett signed a reserve/future contract with the Eagles on Tuesday. The 23-year-old had three catches for 19 yards in two appearances for Philadelphia in 2020, but he spent most of the season on the practice squad. Burnett will go through the team's offseason program and faces long odds for making the season-opening roster in 2021.
The Eagles activated Burnett from the practice squad COVID-19 list Thursday. Burnett spent exactly two weeks on the list after being identified as a close contact of J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. He'll now be eligible to resume working with teammates.
The Eagles placed Burnett on the practice squad COVID-19 list Thursday, Tim McManus of ESPN.com reports. Burnett was placed on the list because he was identified as a close contact to JJ Arcega-Whiteside, who tested positive for the virus Thursday. Burnett will now need to clear the league's protocols before he's allowed to return to the team.
Burnett reverted back to the Eagles' practice squad Monday, according to the NFL transaction log. Burnett was on the field for 19 of the team's 62 offensive snaps in Week 4 against San Francisco, the fourth-highest rate among a depleted Eagles receiving corps. If Alshon Jeffery (knee), DeSean Jackson and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (calf) all remain sidelined, Burnett could be back up with the active roster in time for the team's Week 5 matchup at Pittsburgh.
Burnett returned to the Eagles' active roster Saturday. Burnett was on the active roster for Week 3 against the Bengals, catching three passes, but returned to the practice squad Monday. He's needed again with the Eagles' wideout injury crisis continuing, as Alshon Jeffery (foot), DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Jalen Reagor (thumb) are all out for Sunday's game against San Francisco while J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is doubtful. Burnett's 15 career catches would ordinarily mean it would be quite unlikely for him to be a significant factor Sunday, but that total actually places him second only to Greg Ward (42 career catches) among the Eagles' decimated receiver corps.
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