The Jets confirmed Friday that one in every of their gamers had examined optimistic for the coronavirus, and that each one gamers had been despatched dwelling from the crew’s facility as a precaution.
The optimistic outcome throws into query whether or not the Jets will be capable of play their subsequent sport, at dwelling in opposition to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, and creates a brand new headache for an N.F.L. already scrambling to regulate for outbreaks on two different groups.
The optimistic check on the Jets deepens the problem the league faces because it tries to finish a full schedule of video games. On Thursday, the league postponed two other games, the most recent in a sequence of cascading readjustments to its difficult matrix of a schedule within the wake of virus outbreaks involving the Tennessee Titans and the New England Patriots.
The league introduced that the Titans — who’ve had the league’s worst outbreak, with practically two dozen gamers, coaches and workers members testing optimistic — would play the Buffalo Payments on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Jap, as a substitute of on Sunday. However even that plan was contingent on the crew’s not reporting any new positives. The Titans reported two further optimistic assessments of their group on Thursday.
If Tennessee and Buffalo play on Tuesday, the Payments’ subsequent sport, in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, can be moved again three days from Thursday, Oct. 15.
The league had already postponed the Titans’ sport in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers, scheduled for this previous Sunday, by three weeks due to the Titans’ outbreak.
The league additionally on Thursday moved the Patriots-Denver Broncos sport, scheduled for Sunday, to five p.m. Jap on Monday, after Stephon Gilmore, New England’s star cornerback, was reported to have tested positive.
Final week, the Patriots’ Sunday sport was moved to Monday as a result of the crew’s quarterback, Cam Newton, had examined optimistic.
On the similar time, the league is transferring to tighten its oversight of groups, and threatening to punish organizations that don’t abide by the protocols. The N.F.L. said it would use video surveillance to make sure that gamers and coaches have been sporting correct protecting gear at crew amenities, and it’s investigating whether or not the Titans violated league guidelines by understanding after the membership’s facility was closed due to the outbreak within the locker room.
If the crew is discovered to be in violation, it may face penalties, together with fines and the lack of draft picks. Tennessee may even be pressured to forfeit a sport.
Not like the N.B.A., the W.N.B.A. and several other different leagues, the N.F.L. — which had a lot larger rosters and training staffs than most leagues — selected to not resume its season in a restricted setting just like the so-called bubbles utilized in basketball.
As a substitute, protocols have been put in place to implement bodily distancing and different security measures whereas the gamers and the crew’s workers members have been collectively. However on the finish of every day, all crew personnel are allowed to return dwelling, rising their probabilities of being uncovered to the virus.