As the coronavirus spreads throughout the country, professional, collegiate, and any form of regulated sports have been put on indefinite hold in order to ensure the safety of players, team members, and stadium workers.
Utah Jazz all-stars Rudy Golbert, and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for the virus Wednesday night before their matchup against Oklahoma City Thunder. Moments afterward, the NBA proceeded to cancel games and then moved to suspend the season for at least 30 days; to which the owners and league can revisit the decision. Other leagues around the world followed suit by canceling or suspending their season. List follows:
-NBA suspended indefinitely
– MLB suspended indefinitely
– NHL suspended indefinitely
– Big East Tournament canceled
– SEC Tournament canceled
– AAC Tournament canceled
– ACC Tournament canceled
– Big 10 Tournament canceled
– Pac-12 Tournament canceled
– MLS suspended 30 days
The NFL has canceled the HBCU and regional combine invitation, along with their annual owners’ meeting but has stated “it will not cancel the start of league year” as a result of the coronavirus. Several teams including AFC souths Jacksonville Jaguars has restricted travel for coaches and scouts.
The NFL league year starts March 18th, where teams can start franchising or designating transitional tags for players and signs free agents.
During this time, the Houston Texans have inked deals with return man and slot receiver, Deandre Carter. Carter, who is being brought back on a one year deal, was scheduled to be an exclusive-rights free agent. Carter finished third in the NFL and second in the AFC with a 9.7 punt return average last season. He averaged 22 yards per kickoff return.