Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott describes his COVID-19 symptoms mildly.
For a day or two, Elliott battled a cough and “a little bit of shortness of breath.”
News broke June 15 that multiple Cowboys and Texans players had tested positive for coronavirus, Elliott’s agent confirming to NFL Network that his client was among the group. The three-time Pro Bowl selection still has not yet returned to workout, he said Wednesday afternoon on his Twitch channel.
But “now I’d say, I feel good,” Elliott said during a Q&A session with YouTube host Scooter Magruder. “I feel normal.”
Elliott doesn’t assume teammates and coaches necessarily will be as lucky should the NFL stage its season as planned amid a pandemic.
Cowboys players haven’t reported to headquarters at the Star since head coach Mike McCarthy was hired in January. Players are tentatively scheduled to report to training camp in approximately a month, even as states including Texas experience record-high weeks of new COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations. Elliott emphasized he misses his teammates and football, the camaraderie in the locker room lost when offseason activities turned virtual. But his concerns abound for NFL employees who may have asthma, newborns or elderly family members living in the same house.
“I do hope we have a season,” Elliott said. “But it has to be right.”
Rams head coach Sean McVay described the challenge last week when he asked: “We’re going to social distance — but we play football?”
Twenty-two players, often on a field indoors, breathing heavily while playing a contact sport that involves tackling presents challenges that golf, tennis and baseball don’t. The NBA’s proposal is to impose a bubble environment for players during a shortened season. NFL medical staff have pointed to the logistical hurdles for a sport that fields dozens more players per team than do NBA squads.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Jori Epstein