The Latest: EKU kicker quits team over coronavirus concerns
Published 3:29 pm Wednesday, August 5, 2020
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:
Eastern Kentucky kicker Landon White has quit the football team in a social media post that accuses the FCS program of being lax in coronavirus testing and following protocols.
White says on Instagram that the team’s last test was July 6 and that symptomatic players were still in the building and around other teammates. The junior adds that meeting rooms have had “100+ players and staff crammed into it with zero space and no social distancing rules insight.”
The 6-foot-1, 192-pound White also says first-year Colonels coach Walt Wells knows and “does nothing,” adding that he only cares about EKU earning a big payout from West Virginia for playing in Morgantown on Sept. 12.
Athletic director Matt Roan said in a statement the department is aware of White’s post.
He says “egregiously or willfully ignoring safety guidelines” by staff or students will not be tolerated.
Moan also says weekly testing will be done consistent with re-socialization requirements and anyone reporting symptoms will be tested, monitored, and quarantined if necessary.
The Detroit Lions have activated wide receiver Kenny Golladay from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person. The Lions put Golladay on it last week.
Golladay was Detroit’s leading receiver last season with 65 catches for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Albert Wilson became the second Miami Dolphins player — and their second receiver — to opt-out of playing this year because of the coronavirus.
Wilson announced his decision Wednesday on Twitter. Allen Hurns made a similar announcement Tuesday.
“It was a very tough choice,” Wilson wrote, “but since the day I started playing the game, it’s always been Faith Family Football. Because of this crazy time I choose to put my family in the best situation I see fit.”
Coach Brian Flores said he supported both players in their decisions.
Wilson made four starts and had 43 receptions for 351 yards and one touchdown last season.
Cleveland Browns center and NFLPA president JC Tretter said he’ll push for daily testing for the COVID-19 virus during training camp while the NFL ramps up for the season.
Tretter said Wednesday on a Zoom call that he’s been satisfied with the protocols agreed to by the league and players’ union. Tretter said those guidelines will need to continue to evolve and change as more is learned about the virus.
Players are currently being tested each day, but that was supposed to change in two weeks to every other day if teams stayed below a certain percentage of positive cases. Tretter believes daily testing is necessary to avoid the “lag time” that has led to problems in Major League Baseball.
Tretter has chosen to play this season while knowing he’s putting himself and his pregnant wife at risk. He’s currently staying in a hotel and not at home to minimize any chance of getting sick.
Louisville has paused workouts for men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, and volleyball after 29 members of those programs tested positive for COVID-19.
The school said in a statement the positive tests and exposure were primarily traced to an off-campus party.
Teammates and student-athletes from other sports were potentially exposed to the virus and remain quarantined due to contact tracing, the statement added. Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra will address the programs’ suspensions in a virtual news conference later Wednesday.
Suspension of activities began Monday. Team members who have not tested positive or been identified through contract tracing may be permitted to return to on-campus workouts on Aug. 10.
The Atlanta Falcons have activated linebacker Foye Oluokun, quarterback Danny Etling and rookie safety Jaylinn Hawkins from the team’s COVID-19 reserve list.
They were among six players placed on the list in the early days of training camp.
Defensive tackle Tyeler Davison, fullback Keith Smith, and safety Jamal Carter have yet to be cleared to rejoin the team.
Oluokun is expected to take over a full-time starting role this season, while Etling is in the mix to serve as the team’s third quarterback. Hawkins is a fourth-round pick out of California.
Cleveland Browns guard Colby Gossett has opted out of the 2020 season, becoming the fourth player on the team — and third offensive lineman — to decide not play because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Gossett qualifies for the high-risk opt-out agreed to by the NFLPA and will receive a $350,000 stipend for not playing. He was due to make $675,00 this season.
He is the second Browns guard to opt-out, following Drew Forbes. The team also will be without offensive tackle Drake Dorbeck and defensive tackle Andrew Billings.
The Browns promoted Gossett from the practice squad late last season. His loss will hurt Cleveland’s depth and likely force general manager Andrew Berry to look for free agents.
The deadline for players opting out is Thursday at 4 p.m.