According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliot is one of a handful of players from the Cowboys and the Houston Texans who have tested positive for COVID-19
Elliott’s agent revealed the news shortly after Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported that “several” players from both the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans tested positive for the coronavirus. It was also reported that none of the players are reportedly believed to have visited their respective team facilities, and both clubs are following proper health protocols.
#Cowboys star RB Ezekiel Elliott is one of the players who has tested positive for the Coronavirus, his agent Rocky Arceneaux confirmed to me. Arceneaux said Elliott is feeling good.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 15, 2020
It is not known whether Elliot or any of the other players are currently feeling symptoms, or had the coronavirus in the past. Health authorities have stated that anyone who had the virus within the past year would still test positive for COVID-19.
Among the concern for the NFL and other localities is how states and municipalities are doing with their reported cases. As of Sunday, the state of Texas had at least 87,854 coronavirus cases and 1,976 deaths, per The Associated Press. The Texas Department of State Health Services also reported 27,537 active cases and 2,287 current hospitalizations.
HIPPA laws preclude members of the two organizations contacted by the media to comment on the story from reporters Rapoport and Tom Pelissero. The “no comments,” of course, are not denials – and, it’s important to note, the positive tests are not necessarily serious threats to the players allegedly involved. Players who are tested and want to make their situation known will have to come forward on their own, such as Elliot and his agent did.
In May, NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills said the league “fully” expects coronavirus cases. “Our challenge is to identify them as quickly as possible and prevent spread to any other participants,” said Sills.
The NFL has put protocols in place as some players and staff have returned to team facilities.
The league has already canceled traveling for training camps and continues to weigh whether the preseason might be cut in half, among other decisions driven by the pandemic.
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