Coronavirus has officially hit the NFL.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, “several” Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans players have tested positive for COVID-19. Per Rapoport, one of those players is star running back Ezekiel Elliott, but Elliott is “feeling good” according to his agent.
Rapoport says it’s believed none of the players were in team facilities this year, in accordance with NFL precautions.
This isn’t the first reports of an NFL player testing positive for the virus. Broncos star edge defender Von Miller tested positive back in the spring, as did Saints head coach Sean Payton. However, this is the first sign of a potential wave of infected players hitting the NFL.
At this point, it’s unclear if the NFL plans to change course given this new information. In the past few weeks, the league has followed the lead of many local governments, encouraging teams to open up their facilities, but under heavy regulations.
But we saw other sports leagues around the league completely shut down when players started contracting the virus. We’ll have to wait and see if the NFL follows suit. Training camp is scheduled to start a little over a month from now.
UPDATE: ProFootballTalk is providing a little more information, stating that two Cowboys players and two Texans players have contracted the virus.