If there's one thing about the coronavirus that has become clear for NFL teams this offseason, it's that the worldwide pandemic has hit some teams harder than others, and that's because some teams apparently haven't been hit at all. According to ESPN.com, nearly one-third of the NFL's 32 teams have dealt with at least one positive player test this year. The exact number is believed to be "around 10," according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Depending on how you spin things, that number can be viewed as both a positive and a negative.
On one hand, the fact that the virus has only hit 10 teams means that NFL players have done a good job of social distancing and staying out of harm's way this offseason. If the NFL was dealing with a situation where all 32 teams had at least one positive test, it would likely throw a wrench into the league's plans to start the season on time. On the other hand, having 10 teams dealing with a positive test obviously isn't ideal, especially with training camps now just a month away. Once players are together for camp, isolating any player with a positive test will be pivotal, since the virus could spread like wildfire if it's not contained.
Although ESPN didn't name the 10 teams that are dealing with at least one positive COVID-19 test, several of the teams have already been identified, including the Cowboys, Broncos, Steelers, Texans, 49ers, Buccaneers and Rams. That means there's still at least three teams out there that haven't been identified (Saints coach Sean Payton also tested positive, but New Orleans doesn't count toward the 10-team total since he's not a player). As for individual players, Ezekiel Elliott and Von Miller are two of the biggest names who have tested positive.
Despite the rash of cases, the NFL is still reportedly optimistic that the 2020 season will be able to start on time. Although the league is still finalizing its protocols for the year, NFLPA medical director Thom Mayer announced on June 16 that players will likely be tested up to three times per week to prevent the spread of the virus.
Over the weekend, the NFLPA issued an advisory asking players to stop working out together. With the country now dealing with an uptick in cases and with training camp around the corner, the NFL has decided to not take any chances with the virus. Although the recommendation was made with the players' health in mind, not every player is heeding the warning of the advisory. Both Russell Wilson and Tom Brady met up with teammates this week so that they could take part in a private workout.