Arcega-Whiteside tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Tim McManus of ESPN.com reports.
As part of contract tracing, John Hightower was placed on the same list, while Deontay Burnett landed on the practice squad COVID-19 list. With so little time before the Eagles' next game Sunday in Cleveland, Arcega-Whiteside is poised for another absence in what has become a suddenly healthy receiving corps.
Arcega-Whiteside (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Giants.
Arcega-Whiteside's rookie season troubles carried over to 2020. He had a headstart with Alshon Jeffery, first-round pick Jalen Reagor and DeSean Jackson all missing time with injuries this season, but Arcega-Whiteside failed to deliver with just two receptions for 45 yards over seven games. He'll watch from the sidelines Sunday, and he'll have an uphill battle to get back into the lineup.
Arcega-Whiteside was not targeted on any of his five offensive snaps during Sunday's 23-9 win against the Cowboys.
Arcega-Whiteside is expected to continually see his role in the passing-game dissipate as the Eagles bring back starters from injury, with rookie Jalen Reagor's return to the lineup Sunday night being one example of the coming transition. The Stanford product has recorded just two total receptions for 45 yards on the season, but if Alshon Jeffery (calf) can make it back in the near future, he may be rendered completely obsolete in the offense.
Arcega-Whiteside caught his only target for eight yards during Thursday's 22-21 win against the Giants.
During a Thursday night victory, Arcega-Whiteside helped the Eagles move the sticks on a first-quarter drive that culminated in a 31-yard Jake Elliott field goal. The Stanford product has two catches over the past three weeks, plus a fumble-recovery touchdown tabbed during Philadelphia's Oct. 18 loss to Baltimore. Though he also recorded an exciting 37-yard catch in Week 5, Arcega-Whiteside has just five total targets on the season. Alshon Jeffery's pending return from a foot injury has potential to make Arcega-Whiteside even more obsolete within the Eagles' passing attack heading into a Week 8 matchup against Dallas.
Arcega-Whiteside didn't haul in his lone target in Sunday's 30-28 loss to the Ravens, but he scored his first touchdown of 2020 on a fumble recovery in the end zone and also caught a pass on a two-point conversion.
Running back Miles Sanders did the heavy lifting on the Eagles' first score of the day, scampering 74 yards before Ravens defender DeShon Elliott forced a fumble at the Baltimore seven-yard line, with the ball rolling past the goal line into the waiting arms of Arcega-Whiteside. The second-year wideout then recorded the two-pointer the fourth quarter, but between the two scoring plays, he was largely an afterthought across his 12 offensive snaps. The Eagles could get both Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) back from injuries for a Thursday night game against the Giants in Week 7, and if that's the case, Arcega-Whiteside may find himself on the inactive list for the contest.
Arcega-Whiteside is slated to start in Sunday's game against the Steelers, Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com reports.
With Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) both inactive, Arcega-Whiteside and John Hightower will join slot man Greg Ward as the Eagles' starting receivers. Before sitting out the Eagles' Week 4 win over the 49ers, Arcega-Whiteside wasn't much of a factor in the passing game, drawing just two targets over the team's first three games. The absences of Jeffery and Jackson should free up some more opportunities for Arcega-Whiteside, but the second-year player could still cede reps at receiver to reserve options Quez Watkins and Travis Fulgham.
Arcega-Whiteside (calf) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
Arcega-Whiteside sat out the Eagles' Week 4 win over the 49ers due to his calf injury, but he now looks to be back to full health. The second-year wideout failed to record a catch while playing a part-time role on offense during Philadelphia's first three games of the season, and he has a tough matchup in Pittsburgh on deck Sunday. He'll be difficult to trust for fantasy purposes Week 5.
Arcega-Whiteside (calf) is expected to take part in Wednesday's practice, Daniel Gallen of The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports.
Arcega-Whiteside missed last week's game due to his injury after dressing for the previous three contests and failing to record a catch. The 2019 second-round pick hasn't done much of note in his career to this point, but Arcega-Whiteside could benefit from increased opportunities in the injury-riddled Eagles receiving corps Sunday in Pittsburgh if he suits up.
Arcega-Whiteside (calf) is listed as inactive Sunday at San Francisco.
Arcega-Whiteside joins Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) on the Eagles' list of inactives for Week 4, which leaves Greg Ward, John Hightower, Deontay Burnett and Travis Fulgham as the healthy wide receivers available to Carson Wentz. Looking ahead, Arcega-Whiteside will attempt to get past his calf injury for next Sunday's game in Pittsburgh.
Arcega-Whiteside (calf) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's contest at San Francisco.
Arcega-Whiteside followed up back-to-back DNPs with a limited practice Friday, but his calf injury seems to be serious enough to keep him on the sidelines Week 4. If he joins Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) on the inactive list, the Eagles will have to roll with Greg Ward and John Hightower at wide receiver. Ward and Hightower likely will be joined by some combination of practice-squad callups (Deontay Burnett, Travis Fulgham and Marcus Green).
Coach Doug Pederson said Arcega-Whiteside (calf) will "get some work" at practice Friday, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
The 2019 second-round pick was unable to practice Wednesday and Thursday, so any participation at Friday's session is a step in the right direction. Arcega-Whiteside's status for Week 4 should become clearer once Philadelphia releases its official injury report later in the day.
Arcega-Whiteside (calf) won't participate in Thursday's practice, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
The second-year receiver is looking iffy for Sunday's game in San Francisco, as his calf injury has prevented him from participating in both of the Eagles' first two practices of the week. With Jalen Reagor (thumb) on injured reserve and Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) far from safe bets to play this weekend, Arcega-Whiteside initially appeared well position to fill a starting role Week 4, but that no longer looks like a guarantee.
Arcega-Whiteside (calf) didn't practice Wednesday.
Arcega-Whiteside is one of four Eagles wide receivers to dress for each of the first three games of the season, but the injury bug happened to bite him this past Sunday against the Bengals. According to coach Doug Pederson, Arcega-Whiteside sustained a lower-body injury during pregame warmups, which likely played a factor in him playing just 20 percent of the offensive snaps in the 23-23 tie. Philadelphia's receiving corps is littered with question marks, namely Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring), but it won't matter much for Arcega-Whiteside if he's unable to prove his health before a Week 4 matchup with the 49ers.
Coach Doug Pederson said Monday that Arcega-Whiteside suffered a lower body injury during pregame warmups Sunday, Daniel Gallen of The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports.
Arcega-Whiteside managed to suit up for Sunday's tie against the Bengals despite his pregame injury, but he was limited to just 20 percent of offensive snaps and held without a target. Pederson labeled the second-year wideout "day-to-day," a hint that he should have a fair shot at suiting up Week 4 in San Francisco. With Jalen Reagor (thumb), DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Alshon Jeffery (foot) all nursing injuries, Arcega-Whiteside could see a larger role against the 49ers if he's able to get healthy.
Coach Doug Pederson suggested Arcega-Whiteside will have a larger role while Jalen Reagor (thumb) is unavailable, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Reagor is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Bengals and could be out for longer. Arcega-Whiteside has earned a reputation for minimal involvement in the passing game even when he plays a lot of snaps, but he should at least see more time on the field for the next week or two, possibly getting the start across from DeSean Jackson. The second-year pro has 10 receptions and 24 targets on 530 offensive snaps in the NFL.
Arcega-Whiteside was targeted twice but logged no receptions during Sunday's 37-19 loss to the Rams.
The 23-year-old wideout logged three multi-catch performances between Weeks 12 and 16 last year, earning four starts during that span as the Eagles dealt with a flurry of injuries at wide receiver. By adding Jalen Reagor in the first round of the draft and getting DeSean Jackson back from an abdominal injury, Philadelphia now finds itself with better depth. As result, Arcega-Whiteside has seen a combined two targets on 44 offensive snaps between Weeks 1 and 2, rendering him a peripheral option in the tight end-friendly Eagles offense.
Arcega-Whiteside did not draw a target in Sunday's 27-17 loss to Washington.
Arcega-Whiteside did not end up drawing the start in the opener as Jalen Reagor recovered from his shoulder injury in time to suit up. While the 23-year-old did see 28 offensive snaps in the contest, he didn't get a look from his quarterback while Reagor and fellow rookie John Hightower each got four. It may take another rash of injuries before Arcega-Whiteside begins to get meaningful opportunities in the Eagles offense in 2020.
Arcega-Whiteside likely will be the starting X receiver for Week 1 at Washington, NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
The 2019 second-round pick reportedly has shown significant progress in his second NFL training camp, building up a solid case for a role in the Philadelphia offense. Said role might've entailed rotating in as a backup, but it now appears more likely he'll start, with Jalen Reagor (shoulder) looking doubtful for the opener. While he probably won't be a target hog, the 6-foot-2 Arcega-Whitesides does offer a much different skill set than Z receiver DeSean Jackson and slot man Greg Ward, potentially lending to some volume in the red zone. The report does note that rookie fifth-round pick John Hightower also has been impressive in training camp, so it's possible the Eagles use a rotation of sorts.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has been throwing to Arcega-Whiteside on a regular basis during training camp, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Arcega-Whiteside apparently had another busy practice Thursday, after making a strong impression in the red zone the day prior. Eagles beat reporters seem to be in agreement that the second-year pro has taken a step forward since his brutal rookie season, but it sounds like Jalen Reagor, DeSean Jackson and some of the wideouts further down the depth chart also have been playing well. Meanwhile, Alshon Jeffery (foot) figures to miss at least the first few games of the season, potentially leaving JJAW as the only big-bodied wideout on the team. That won't necessarily equate to a top-three role, but it's at least looking like a possibility.
Arcega-Whiteside claims he is "night and day different" from the player he was in 2019, Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Arcega-Whiteside is looking to make up for lost time after a bust of a rookie season marred by injury and difficulty adapting to the speed of the pro game. However, he spent the offseason utilizing an extensive training regime and lost eight pounds of fat. The 23-year-old has been alternating reps at the 'X' position with 2020 first-rounder Jalen Reagor thus far in camp but will likely slot behind the rookie on the depth chart to begin the season.
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