Jets have presumed COVID-19 positive test before Cardinals game
The New York Jets, Week 5 opponent of the Arizona Cardinals, sent the team home on Friday after a presumptive positive coronavirus test, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim confirmed to Arizona Sports’ Doug & Wolf that his team is moving forward as planned but awaiting updates to the evolving situation.
“I don’t want to speculate on anything without having a more complete set of facts,” Keim said.
“There’s nothing we can really do other than prepare as needed … and adjust as necessary. A lot of moving parts but we’ll be ready for whatever’s ahead of us.”
Schefter tweeted at 1:35 p.m. that the Cardinals’ plan was still in place and they were departing to the East Coast soon.
ESPN’s Rich Cimini reported that a single player tested positive and has been re-tested with the results expected later Friday. The offensive players for New York are also being re-tested because they are believed to have been in close contact with the person who initially tested positive, adds Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
The Cardinals (2-2) and Jets (0-4) have a scheduled 10 a.m. kickoff time Sunday at MetLife Stadium. With Arizona planning to travel to New York on Friday, the team now awaits word about the re-testing by the Jets, reports Schefter.
The news comes after the Tennessee Titans got some good news Friday with no positive test results hours after the NFL rescheduled their game with Buffalo to Tuesday night, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
The Titans’ outbreak increased to 23 on Thursday with 21 positive results returned since Sept. 29. Now the Titans have gone three of the past five days without a positive test after the latest results, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because neither the NFL nor the Titans announced the latest results.
The NFL announced Thursday night that the Titans (3-0) will host Buffalo (4-0) on Tuesday. The league already postponed, then rescheduled the Titans’ game with Pittsburgh from Oct. 4 to Oct. 25 during the outbreak.
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The Associated Press contributed to this story.