As the NFL slowly unwinds from an unprecedented lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic, news has emerged that “several” Cowboys players have tested positive for the virus. While none of the players have been present at team facilities, it is unclear if they have trained, or had any other contact with other members of the team or staff.
First reported by Ian Rapoport and Tom Pellissero on Twitter, the news comes at a delicate time for the NFL. Training camps are due to open at the end of July, and it’s not entirely clear when fans will be back in stadiums. Houston Texan players are also believed to have tested positive.
COVID-19 still a threat
Statistically at a lower level of risk than a lot of people, most athletes have expressed limited concern over the pandemic that has caused much of the world to lockdown. Having killed 432,841 worldwide, 117,000 of them in the United States, the virus still needs to be taken very seriously.
Those with underlying medical conditions are of increased risk, including diabetics, which may be something that impacts lineman in the NFL, although no figures are available.
There were always bound to be positive tests of NFL players, and team personnel, once activities started up again. However, it will be a concern at just how quickly the positive tests have occurred.
It seems unlikely that this will have much of an impact on the preparations teams are making to open up again ahead of the 2020 NFL season.
This article will be update as we find out who the players are.
According to Ian Rapoport Ezekiel Elliott is one of “several” Cowboys players who have tested positive, and this has been confirmed by his agent.