Several NFL players have tested positive with COVID-19. The teams with coronavirus victims include the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.
This is according to a CNN report citing NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, as source.
However, the report withheld the names of football players who tested positive. The report only said that none of the players were in the teams’ facilities and both teams followed proper health protocols.
“Due to federal and local privacy laws, we are unable to provide information regarding the personal health of any of our employees.”
CNN has also reached out to the Texans and the National Football League for confirmation.
Beginning 19 May, NFL teams were allowed to reopen their facilities, provided they fit all the requirements to do so. (See the protocol for returning players here)
Unfortunately, that was not enough to keep the NFL players from testing positive with COVID-19.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a memo, “Clubs may reopen their facilities beginning on May 19 if they are permitted to do so under governing state and local regulations, comply with any additional public health requirements in their jurisdiction, and have implemented the protocols that were developed by Dr. Sills and distributed to all clubs on May 6.”
Goodell is referencing the league’s chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills.
Sills told NFL.com last month, because “football and physical distancing are not compatible” it will be challenging for the leagues determine how to return.
The report also mentioned other NFL players who tested positive with the coronavirus.
- Denver Broncos linebacker: Von Miller
- Los Angeles Rams center: Brian Allen
- New Orleans Saints head coach: Sean Payton