Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott and other NFL players test positive for coronavirus

The NFL is planning for a season this year, but will the COVID-19 virus endanger it?

Will there be a 2020 NFL season? The league is planning for one but today, it was revealed that several NFL players, including Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot, have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Yahoo Sports reports that Elliot, 25, the team’s starting running back, is among players from the Cowboys and the Houston Texans who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus that started a global pandemic out of Wuhan, China late last year.

Ian Rappoport of the NFL Network was the first to report Elliott’s test results but did not name any other players.



While Elliot didn’t deny the positive test and said he’s feeling good, he questioned how that information had leaked to reporters.



Elliot said his agent had been fielding calls before they publicly announced the news and wondered via his Twitter account if the information leaking was a HIPAA violation. That led the term to trend on social media Monday afternoon.


However as Elliot and likely others learned today, the only people who are liable if they share your private health information are your doctors. According to Dr. Eugene Gu, who responded to Elliot’s tweet, employers can share your private health information, if you give permission to your doctor to reveal it.

At this point, Elliot is the only player on the two teams whose name has been released.

Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 22, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

“Due to federal and local privacy laws, we are unable to provide information regarding the personal health of any of our employees,” the team said in a statement released on their official website. “We are following all CDC, local and NFL guidelines to keep our facilities safe, including limiting employee access.”

Reports say the players were not exposed to the virus in a team facility as those have been shuttered for months. However, Elliot, former Cowboy Dez Bryant and Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott were criticized for a gathering at Prescott’s home and for practicing together, along with Broncos wide receiver Fred Brown, with little social distancing in place.

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The NFL has discussed a shorter postseason but today it appears they will attempt to get the season off in August when preseason normally begins. College football, which has had athletes returning for workouts this month, has also experienced several positive tests amongst its ranks, with players testing positive at Auburn and Alabama.

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