The Dallas Cowboys will be without one of their key defenders in Week 3.
Coach Mike McCarthy said linebacker Keanu Neal tested positive for COVID-19 and thus will not play Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. The former Pro Bowler was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday upon being identified as a close contact. McCarthy added that Neal hasn’t been ruled out for Week 4 versus the Panthers.
The sixth-year linebacker has played more than 70 percent of the Cowboys’ defensive snaps through two games, collecting nine tackles. Dallas has been rotating its starters at LB thus far, including Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith, while rookie Micah Parsons has primarily worked at defensive end.
Reserve defensive lineman Bradlee Anae also won’t be available versus Philly. His Friday placement on the COVID list was due to testing positive as well, McCarthy said.
- Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, which puts him on track to play Monday versus the Cowboys. The three-time Pro Bowler had tested positive despite being vaccinated, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. He’s caught three passes for 40 yards through two games. Coach Nick Sirianni said left tackle Jordan Mailata (knee) and safety Rodney McLeod (knee) will be ruled out for Week 3.
- Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt (groin) has been downgraded to out for Sunday’s game versus the Bengals.
- The Indianapolis Colts elevated quarterback Brett Hundley to the active roster from the practice squad for Sunday’s game against the Titans. Starter Carson Wentz (ankles) is questionable.
- The Cleveland Browns elevated tight end Jordan Franks to the active roster.
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