As NFL teams begin gearing up for training camp next month, Monday offered a sobering reminder of what the country is still very much dealing with:
Several #Cowboys players & several #Texans players have tested positive for COVID-19 recently, sources tell me & @TomPelissero. None of the players are believed to have been in their team facilities. The teams followed proper health protocols.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 15, 2020
#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
For what it's worth, Elliot was (rightfully) displeased that the test results somehow leaked:
HIPAA ??— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) 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
My agent didn’t break the story to the media— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) June 15, 2020
It's just another reminder that we're all very much still living in the midst of a historically devastating pandemic. With state Covid numbers beginning to (in some cases, dramatically) rise over the past few weeks, it's worth wondering how important starting – or finishing – seasons are, compared to the long term health of these athletes.