Jets coach Robert Saleh tests positive after showing symptoms

The NFL continues to deal with more COVID-19 cases and the Omicron variant.

With three weeks left in the 2021 regular season, the league is coming off its first set of games that were pushed back in response to a rash of COVID-19 cases, with the Las Vegas Raiders-Cleveland Browns game being bumped from Saturday to Monday and the Seattle Seahawks-Los Angeles Rams and Washington Football Team-Philadelphia Eagles contests sliding from Sunday to Tuesday.

Here’s all the latest on COVID-19 cases throughout the NFL, including which players are headed to the COVID-19 reserve list and which ones are coming off it:

New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh walks on the sideline during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium.

Jets coach Robert Saleh tests positive for COVID-19

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets coach Robert Saleh tested positive for COVID on Wednesday morning, putting his status for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars in question.

Tight ends coach Ron Middleton will handle Saleh’s duties until he’s able to return, including serving as the head coach Sunday if Saleh isn’t back.

Saleh exhibited symptoms before practice, according to a team spokesperson, which led to the test. Under the NFL’s newly updated COVID protocols, vaccinated coaches and players are not required to be tested unless they are exhibiting symptoms.

There’s a chance that Saleh could return as soon as Thursday if he tests out of the league’s protocols, but to be tested again he will have to stop showing symptoms.

The Jets have largely avoided COVID-19 issues this season, but that has changed in recent days.

The Jets have have 10 players from the active roster on the COVID list: offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker, cornerback Michael Carter II and Justin Hardee, linebacker Blake Cashman, defensive linemen Folorunso Fatukasi and John Franklin-Myers, wide receivers Elijah Moore and Jeff Smith and safety Sharrod Neasman. They also have four players from the practice squad on the…

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