Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is back running practice in person

Head coach Doug Pederson of the Philadelphia Eagles
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) For Doug Pederson, practice was only a click away on his computer.

Earlier in training camp, the Eagles head coach tested positive for COVID-19 and was quarantined in his home. 

On Monday, Pederson was cleared to return to the NovaCare Complex after passing all of the protocols in his recovery. While Pederson is happy to be back at practice in person, he said he will have very little catching up to do.

The Eagles will have their first practice in pads on Monday and will have more consecutive days scheduled. 

For Pederson and his players, the intensity will likely be the same as it has been in previous training camps.

"I don't know if they'll be any more intense than what they are," Pederson said.  "Training camp practices are grueling anyway. The one thing you don’t have when you are not playing games, you don't have as many days off, where guys have days off.  They have a game where the starters play a series or two in the first couple of games, then they have the next day off and we go back to work."

Getting back to work will still be a bit different as training camp progresses.  The pandemic has forced many outside the organization to work from home.  There also will not be selected fans on the sidelines watching practice.  

"We can still coach from a distance and still get our work done," said Pederson.  "We'll still be following protocol and all of that. Other than that, really you're not going to see a lot of wholesale changes. Maybe the amount of people we have out there as far as ball boys, trainers, strength and conditioning staff.”

As of now, there is still a season to be played. 

Even with COVID-19 restrictions, there will be contact in camp to prepare for a regular season. Now that Pederson is back on the sidelines, he and his staff must focus on getting the Eagles ready for a run at a repeat in the NFC East.

"We have to be able to get answers on these players," Pederson said. "All 32 teams are in the same boat, same situation, same scenario. It's a matter of putting these players in practice situations to be successful to show us what they can do."