Update: According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the total number of players with positive tests for COVID-19 is four — two each for Houston and Dallas.
Ian Rapoport reports several Cowboys players and several Texans players have recently tested positive for COVID-19.
Among those players testing positive is Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, per his agent and Rapoport. His agent says Elliott is reportedly feeling good. Elliott was tested last week, according to Clarence Hill.
Rapoport adds none of the players are believed to have been at their respective team facilities and the teams have followed the proper health protocols.
Cases have been on the rise in Texas as the state has started reopening. The University of Houston had to shut down voluntary workouts for all student-athletes after six tested positive for the virus.
This will be something to watch as the NFL works toward the goal of playing in the fall.
“We fully expect that we will have positive cases that arise,” NFL chief medical officier Dr. Allen Sills said a month ago via Rapoport. “… Our challenge is to identify them as quickly as possible and prevent spread to any other participants.”
Elliott, 24, was taken with the No. 4 overall pick by the Cowboys back in 2016. He signed four-year rookie contract worth $24,956,342, which included a signing bonus of $16,350,068.
Elliott was set to make a base salary of $3.85 million for the 2019 season and another $9.1 million in 2020 under the fifth-year option of his contract when he elected to hold out for a new deal last year.
Dallas re-signed him to an NFL record six-year, $90 million extension that included $50 million guaranteed.
In 2019, Elliott appeared in all 16 games for the Cowboys and rushed for 1,357 yards on 301 carries (4.5 YPC) to go along with 54 receptions for 420 yards receiving and 14 total touchdowns.