Former SEC coach sent home from NFL team over COVID concerns
Former Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is one of two coaches being sent home by the New York Giants because he was considered a COVID-19 close contact for a player that tested positive.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport broke the news:
More on the #Giants, from me and @MikeGarafolo: Two #Giants coaches were sent home because they were considered COVID-19 close contacts: OLB coach Bret Bielema and DBs coach Jerome Henderson. So now several OL and two coaches.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 29, 2020
The player that tested positive is now being placed in isolation and the Giants are conducting the contact tracing process.
Per the Giants:
Late last night, we were notified that a Giants player tested positive for COVID-19. The player was immediately self-isolated, and the contact tracing process was initiated.
All of the player’s close contacts were identified and were informed to remain home today. Those individuals will participate in meetings remotely. We are working closely with the NFL’s Chief Medical Officer regarding next protocol steps.
Quest Diagnostics Training Center will remain open, and the rest of the team will follow their normal practice and meeting schedule.
Bielema coached at Arkansas from 2013-2017 and posted a 29-34 record. After being fired by Arkansas, Bielema worked for the New England Patriots as a consult and defensive line coach. Bielema joined the Giants this season as an outside linebackers coach and senior defensive assistant.