Jets set to face Cardinals as scheduled after additional COVID-19 tests come back negative

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Earlier Friday, ESPN and ProFootballTalk reported that the New York Jets have sent all coaches and players home from their New Jersey facility after a player recorded a “presumptive positive” COVID-19 test. After further testing, however, all results came back negative and it was assumed that the player had recorded a false positive test.

The Jets issued a statement Friday night, saying they were looking forward to their Week 5 game with the Arizona Cardinals.

“Tonight we received negative COVID-19 PCR results for all players, coaches and staff. Following a presumed positive COVID-19 test and out of caution to ensure everyone’s health and safety, we sent all players and staff home this morning. We have also launched all mandatory NFL protocols, including player isolation, subsequent testing, and contact tracing. As we have done thus far, we will continue to follow required health and safety protocols in the best interest of our coaches, players, staff and community. We look forward to our Sunday game against the Arizona Cardinals. ”

Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said the team “would prepare normally” as if Sunday’s game started on time. Keim also said Friday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM (par Bob McManaman du Republic of Arizona) he is “all about playing the game on time, as long as he follows league protocols.” Fortunately, the Cardinals flight to New York departed on time.

Different teams have handled COVID-19 cases in different ways this season. The Atlanta Falcons and Las Vegas Raiders, for example, have continued to train after receiving positive COVID tests or placing players on the COVID reserve list due to exposure to an infected person. But following outbreaks in Tennessee and New England, the first of which is still under investigation by the NFL for potential violations of COVID-19 protocols, the league has placed additional emphasis on the compliance with protocol and security measures. The Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots, of course, have already had two of their 2020 games rescheduled due to COVID cases.

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