The Eagles announced Thursday morning that they have activated tackle Jordan Mailata from the Reserve/COVID-19 list. The active roster is now at the 80-player limit.
The 6-8, 346-pound Mailata was a seventh-round pick of the team in 2018 from Sydney, Australia where he was a rugby player. A product of the NFL's International Pathway Program, Mailata impressed Offensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator Jeff Stoutland in the pre-draft meetings and workouts at IMG Academy in Florida in 2018.
Despite never playing football prior to the NFL, Mailata has suited up for the Eagles in each of the past two preseasons, but has never played in a regular-season contest.
This is a critical year for the 23-year-old as the Eagles could utilize Mailata as a reserve swing tackle. He's lined up at both left tackle and right tackle over the past two preseasons.
The Reserve/COVID-19 list was created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been in close contact with an infected person or persons. Per NFL-NFLPA policy, clubs are not permitted to comment on a player's medical status other than referring to roster status. These players do not count toward the active roster.