Several reports have come out today saying that Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has tested positive for COVID-19. There are reports that other Cowboys players and some Houston Texans players have also tested positive, but they are doing well. Elliott’s agent confirmed his status when asked about reports of his client being infected.
The NFL has been doing their entire offseason virtually in an attempt to limit players exposure to the novel coronavirus. This year’s draft was virtual, team activities have been virtual up until this week, with some teams electing to continue online coaching this week. The NFL has not postponed their scheduled preseason or regular season games, but there has been talk of shortening the preseason with training camps not starting until the end of July.
Will this “outbreak” affect the start of the NFL season?
From NFL Now: More on several #Texans and #Cowboys players testing positive for COVID-19, including RB Zeke Elliott. He won't be the last (Dak is healthy, FYI). pic.twitter.com/sso6WAaGem— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 15, 2020
A small number of Cowboys players have tested positive for COVID-19, but a source said they are feeling improved. None of the players have been at The Star during the offseason because of the pandemic. "Due to federal and local privacy laws, we are... https://t.co/AAr30THams— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) June 15, 2020
Report: Both Texans and Cowboys have players who tested positive for COVID-19 https://t.co/Acppr3ovSR— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 15, 2020
Some #Cowboys sources r now conveying concern over this at the moment, trying 2b vigilant over discussing "in-house player information." As for how today's news impacts thoughts on TL for players returning to facilities & guidelines 1 team source said, "following league protocol" https://t.co/YuaagxZWWR— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) June 15, 2020
My agent only confirmed. The story was already written. Reporters had been called my agent all morning.— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) June 15, 2020