As reasons for missing OTAs go, this definitely tops Cary Williams and his sconces.
According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, Jets wide receiver David Nelson missed the first week of OTAs while they made sure he wasn’t a public health menace.
Jets coach Rex Ryan termed it an “illness,” but it was more serious than that.
During a trip to Haiti to do charity work, Nelson was bitten by a mosquito. His fever spiked to 104 degrees and had strep throat, so the team told him to clear out.
“I was quarantined,” Nelson said.
He got back to work this week, though the yellow hazmat suits people wore around him probably made it hard to run routes.
“We’ve got a really dynamic group,” Nelson said of the Jets new-look receiving corps. “We’ve got guys who can do a little bit of everything. We’ve got some short, really fast guys, some short jukey guys, some tall, athletic guys that can stretch the field. We’ve got some possession guys. You name it as far as receiver we have it in that room. Now, the next step is to get everybody to play at that maximum ability and keep everybody healthy.”
Presumably, he was talking about knee injuries and the like.
And not malaria.