Ezekiel Elliott has tested positive for coronavirus, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday.
The Dallas Cowboys running back and multiple players from his own team and that of Houston Texans have tested positive for COVID-19.
Elliott’s agent, Rocky Arceneaux, confirmed the news to NFL Network.
Apart from Elliott, the identity of most of the players is unknown. The exact number of players from each team is also unknown.
A team source told The Dallas Morning News that the club is unable to comment on the personal health of its employees.
The Cowboys released a brief statement in response to the reports.
“Due to federal and local privacy laws, we are unable to provide information regarding the personal health of any of our employees,” Dallas said.
The NFL understands that players are going to test positive. The league believes it has the protocols in place to handle it.
“We fully expect that we will have positive cases that arise…Our challenge is to identify them as quickly as possible and prevent spread to any other participants,” NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills said.