Jets receiver David Nelson missed the first week of OTAs, but he had a really good excuse. He was too busy being ridiculously sick after getting bitten by a nasty disease-carrying mosquito during a visit to a foreign country.
Nelson reportedly came down with strep throat and a 104 fever after suffering a mosquito bite during a charity trip to Haiti. Out of an excess of caution, the Jets ordered him to get entirely away from OTAs until he was no longer in danger of spreading some mysterious mosquito-borne jungle plague to the rest of the team.
Nelson himself described the move as a “quarantine” but it was more of a health-related banishment. Thankfully for Nelson, his fever came back down, the strep throat went away and he was able to resume practicing with his teammates.
So, the story ends well. It could have gone a completely different way, though. It could have been like the set up for some horrifying End of the World movie. Football player bitten by mosquito, contracts mysterious disease, gives the disease to his teammates, THEY ALL BECOME BRAIN-EATING ZOMBIES.
You can understand why the Jets were so cautious with Nelson. The last thing you want is your OTAs degenerating into an episode of The Walking Dead. Could you imagine Michael Vick as a zombie? You thought he was nasty before.