Elijah Moore, the New York Jets fourth-round draft pick, has been placed on the active reserve list as a precautionary measure as team physician Dr. Gillian Zucker examines the rookie tight end from Delaware and awaits results of a standard post-draft MRI, according to the team’s official website.
The Jets are also monitoring two players from Rutgers, defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga and linebacker Kevin Snyder, who have both been diagnosed with symptoms similar to those believed to have been suffered by several football players who may have been exposed to the Equine Encephalitis virus.
Zucker met with Moore on Tuesday. A medical determination has not been made but Zucker was highly encouraged by the results. Her evaluation will continue after Moore has had the customary 13-week waiting period to determine whether he is cleared to play for the rest of the preseason. Zucker said that the Jets also want to be cautious with Sopoaga because of his previous football history, including a previously known case of virus in which the player was not fully cleared to return to play after recovery.
Sopoaga was forced to leave last Friday’s game early after developing a headache and hasn’t played in the past two games. Snyder has been limited to special teams and social media duties since he was diagnosed and treated for a virus on Tuesday.
Logan Ryan and Sealver Siliga, two other Rutgers stars, were among those with reported cases of the same illness that led to the death of NFL player Ryan Mathews, who was diagnosed with the virus, and Jayron Hosley, a Washington defensive back who also went into the hospital during the Redskins’ game against Green Bay on Saturday.
Siliga, a former standout at Rutgers, last week tweeted a picture of his swollen ankle with the caption: “I’m feeling like I got a sucker punch . . . can’t walk.” He later deleted the message but left a Facebook message that said: “After serious thought and prayers from my family I have finally taken the time to regroup, take my time to heal.” Siliga didn’t make the 49ers practice squad.
The Jets, Giants and other NFL teams have given their players in their locker rooms the “EB disease” mailing list to keep an eye on their health, hoping to prevent infection through the infected person. Hoffman Estates physician Paul McBride confirmed to the Associated Press that he put out a letter a month ago to many teams in the NFL and NHL advising them to screen their locker rooms for Equine Encephalitis. The virus is found in horses but has also infected humans.