Cowboys see a major spike in players placed on COVID reserve

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The Cowboys will be missing a Pro Bowl offensive lineman for Week One. The positive test generated by guard Zack Martin continues a troubling trend for America’s Team.

As noted by Michael Gehlen of the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys have now had nine players on COVID reserve in the past 16 days. Last year, for the entire season, the Cowboys had only seven.

It’s a stark reminder that, even though many football fans have moved on from the pandemic, the pandemic hasn’t moved on from football. And the problem for the league is that the relaxed protocols for vaccinated players have set the stage, given the fact that the Delta variant is breaking through the vaccines, for the league to experience even more positive cases than last year.

Last night, for example, Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence sat in a suite at Bank of America Stadium for the Georgia-Clemson game, maskless and with plenty of other people around. As with so many of the crowd shots from the first weekend of college football, it was a scene that looked like every football season before the pandemic.

Lawrence presumably is vaccinated. He can still catch it. He can return a positive in his next (or in any) once-per-week test. If it happens, he’ll likely miss at least one game.

It’s unlikely that an uptick in positive tests will result in games being scrapped. However, for those paying close attention to the protocols and the trends, a far different vibe exists now than in early July. The league, determined to play all games, won’t be troubled by the reality that, here and there, key players won’t be available for one or more weeks. But it will definitely affect for some teams the outcome of games and, in some cases, the outcome of seasons.

Ultimately, it’s no different than the ever-present risk of injury. Within the next couple of weeks, someone will tear an ACL or blow out an Achilles tendon and his team will struggle to thrive without him. Unlike injuries, the COVID risk is avoidable. The teams that best persuade all players to behave like they did in 2020 will be the most likely to take advantage of the strategic disadvantages that will plague other teams.

Frankly, it’s another reason to believe in the Bucs. With a 100-percent vaccination rate, a coach who already has said players will be on lockdown for road games, a possible return of mask mandates in the building, and a quarterback singularly focused on securing his eighth ring, the lingering realities of the pandemic and the lax manner in which some teams will handle it provide the defending champions with another way to bend victory in their direction.

56 responses to “Cowboys see a major spike in players placed on COVID reserve

  1. Better late than never, glad to see so many finally acknowledging the NFL Covid policy based on different restrictions for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals is a complete disaster and not based on legitimate science.

  2. Two words: Vaccination mandates. Get the shot(s) or you don’t work, in football or any other business. It’s time to stop coddling the crazies and put an end to the pandemic.

  3. Must be tough having to see so many freedom-loving people living their lives without the fear you expect them to display.

  4. Everyone in America should have N-95 masks. All the health pro’s agree that they’re the only really affective masks, but somehow we haven’t had them available to everyone, and there doesn’t seem to be a push to get them. This is more strange than people not wanting to get vaccinated. I just have to ask why. And I haven’t heard a good answer. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Every doctor agrees. Who’s running the show? I know I’m not getting a good answer on that one.

  5. Clear evidence that the vaccines don’t work. Calling for mandates for something so ineffective is why half this country hates the other side.

  6. Very simple. 100% vaccination does not prevent key teammates from getting COVID. During any game/practice/scrimmage anyone can get hurt. Build a deep team and move on with real life.

  7. The Vaccines DO WORK. Yes you can contract Covid even if you have been vaccinated,…. but the huge difference is the fact the UNvaccinated usually are at risk of a serious illness and a lengthy stint on the PUP list. Those who have been vaccinated and contract covid usually have minor symptoms and are back to their sport in 10 days or less.
    Get your vaccination to be safe. Regardless of being in Pro Sports or as a Fan.

  8. mhouser1922 says:
    September 5, 2021 at 1:45 pm
    Two words: Vaccination mandates. Get the shot(s) or you don’t work, in football or any other business. It’s time to stop coddling the crazies and put an end to the pandemic
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    Martin is vaccinated as are most of the people that test positive.

  9. minime says:
    September 5, 2021 at 2:14 pm
    Players body.
    Players choice.
    End of story.
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    It is absolutely the players choice. As it should be since they also have to own the consequences of their choices.

  10. good excuse to rest your players since there is so little chance they will get a win against that loaded Bucs team!

  11. minime says:
    September 5, 2021 at 2:14 pm
    Players body.
    Players choice.
    End of story.

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    NFL’s league
    NFL’s rules
    End of story.

  12. What are the chances that the Covid spike in Texas is a direct correlation to the illegal immigrants streaming across the southern border on a daily basis?

  13. I guarantee most of them on the list are vaccinated. The testing is a joke also, more than half the league should just walk out to make a point

  14. Covid is the primary reason the NFL is allowing each team a 16 man practice squad. Next Man Up !!
    No use in crying over spilled milk. Deal with it,… just like everyone else has to deal with it.

  15. Give Texas back to Mexico… or Spain… or… I’m guessing Indigenous Peoples don’t want it.

  16. gtmac21 says:
    September 5, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    What are the chances that the Covid spike in Texas is a direct correlation to the illegal immigrants streaming across the southern border on a daily basis?

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    The chances are ZERO. This claim has already been thoroughly debunked. Next question?

  17. There are no immigrants “streaming” across the border, and immigrants sure as hell aren’t the reason there is a spike in COVID-19 cases. The people clogging up ICU beds all over the country are overwhelmingly unvaccinated and overwhelmingly white. Accountability is a concept lost on some people.

  18. mhouser1922 says:
    September 5, 2021 at 1:45 pm
    Two words: Vaccination mandates. Get the shot(s) or you don’t work, in football or any other business. It’s time to stop coddling the crazies and put an end to the pandemic.

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    If you are vaccinated, why are you “mandating” anything since those who are vaccinated have nothing to worry about right? Are you “mandating” the vaccine for Lamar Jackson, Kirk Cousins and a plethora of other NFL players who have natural immunity also?

  19. The wildly contagious MU variant is spreading through Texas now. They don’t know if the vaccine is effective against this particle variant? This Football season is going to be much more challenging.

  20. NFL players outght to know that by not taking precaution (i.e., vaccine, social distancing, and masking up), they are putting themselves and their teammates in a tough spot…

  21. There sure were a whole lot of maskless idiots @ the Clemson vs.Georgia game last night. I’m pretty sure some of them will have some tubage going on in 2 to 4 weeks.

  22. Martin is vaccinated as are most of the people that test positive.
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    It is absolutely false that most of the people testing positive are vaccinated. This is a harmful falsehood.

  23. Vaccine don’t work. The earth is flat. The moon landings were fake. The election was stolen and something about Q. I am just so sick of all this misinformation, disinformation and blatant lying.

  24. Why are we calling these “breakthrough” cases when they result in symptoms like a cold or none at all if you’re vaccinated or have previously had covid or in the camp who’ve done both?

    A “breakthrough” case should be defined as severe illness or hospitalization. “Breakthrough” shouldn’t be “I felt off for a couple of days” and went back to normal. We should all learn to live with this thing and move on. Get vaccinated, or go get a test to prove you’ve had covid/have a current high level of antibodies.

    In the near future, I hope it’ll be handled like, “Player X is out for a few days with a little covid flare-up.” and we don’t have to flip out about it and quarantine and wear masks forever because we’ve all had it or get our shot every year.

  25. It’s okay to be a pro-covid-vaxxer. Just quit calling it safe and effective. It’s not, especially since they skipped over the long term trials for adverse effects. The heart inflammation cases are something to worry about. It’s like smoking cigarettes, at first it seems like your health is just fine, until further down the line. So line up for your safe and effective booster shots.

    Also what about the scientific study done in 2015 about vaccines that don’t do the job 100% actually can cause mutations from the jab not being perfect? All you wanting to virtue signal and blame unvaxxed for mutations clearly also get your information from your distant cousin on Facebook. Then you come to PFT to find your scientific backing of facts spewed by all these football fans.

  26. “ Unlike injuries, the COVID risk is avoidable.” Seems you’ve not heard of breakthrough infections?………

  27. The “Vaccine” doesn’t work, vaccines stop the spread of disease. This doesn’t stop the spread of the Virus plain and simple for all you Mandate Guys!

  28. Interesting news. I’m willing to bet Brady’s doing everything he can to eliminate any incidental unmasked contact that’s not completely necessary (e.g. during practice). I wonder if his kids are being home-schooled right now? Somehow, I think they can afford it.

  29. I never thought of Dallas as “America’s Team.” But on this subject they sure are.

  30. ejmanuelshands says:
    September 5, 2021 at 4:49 pm
    Martin is vaccinated as are most of the people that test positive.
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    It is absolutely false that most of the people testing positive are vaccinated. This is a harmful falsehood.

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    Actually there is a shred of truth, I don’t know about that word “most” but plenty of the positive tests are from vaccinated players. Its not that this fact is untrue, its just that it gets applied wrong to the great vax debate.

    Not debatable is that “testing positive” has two very different meanings to a vaccinated vs an unvaccinated person. Folks can choose to disbelieve that there is a difference to them medically and roll those dice, but as far as NFL protocols and how that test is going to impact their availability there is a huge difference, regardless what one thinks of the protocols they are what they are.

  31. People just want to ignore the facts about the vaccine. It does a great job of keeping people from getting really sick and needing hospitalization. That is what it was designed to do. I have increasingly had more and more people I directly know get the virus. The only ones that have had serious issues or died are those that were no vaccinated. The statistics are pretty clear from around hospitals and the national figures.

    Yet people will count on half baked ideas like taking medications designed for animals and other ridiculous things.

  32. “ People just want to ignore the facts about the vaccine. It does a great job of keeping people from getting really sick and needing hospitalization. That is what it was designed to do.”

    Tell Oscar De La Hoya that. He’s in the hospital in serious condition despite being vaccinated. Meanwhile, Joe Rogan is completely over Covid without being vaccinated.

    By the way, that’s not how vaccines are designed. The intent of a vaccine is to stop transmission and spread. These experimental jabs are obviously not doing that. You can’t create an effective vaccine for the coronavirus due to it being in the animal reservoir. To mandate something so ineffective without any data to fall back on is shameful.

  33. Lol this conversation drives the crazies out on both sides of the argument. But the FACTS are that vaccinated teams have an advantage. That’s something that owners and coaches will have to deal with.

  34. On rare occasions the vaccinated majority see a break through case when exposed to a non vaccinated carrier,that more rarely causes mild symptoms. Unfortunately these non vaccinated carriers expose other non vaccinated carriers ,vaccinated majority non spreaders to the plague without regard. The non vaccinated spreaders must be protected from themselves as it is the duty of the vaccinated majority to protect the country as a whole.

  35. I suspect the Cowboys will have a spike of losing throughout the upcoming campaign. It’s just not coming together for them the way Jerry and company would really like to see. Next year, maybe.

  36. As a society, we do not deal well with a lot of realities. People want to pretend all is fine becase they can’t see the virus. People want to resume normal life and that just is not happening without a lot of pain and suffering.
    All we had to do was wear masks and we would have been much closer to normalcy. I guess that is asking too much from people who want to be free. Free to infect others.
    Ultimately the NFL will end up having to make it mandatory to get vaccinated. At least then when they get infected they are more likely to survive and not have long-term effects.

  37. mikebacker9090 says:
    September 5, 2021 at 5:06 pm
    The “Vaccine” doesn’t work, vaccines stop the spread of disease. This doesn’t stop the spread of the Virus plain and simple for all you Mandate Guys!

    ________________________

    Your Trumpian use of random capitalization is a dead giveaway. Also, look up what the definition of a vaccine is and what it does.

  38. Why do the unvaccinated only trust medical professionals when they are in the hospital?

    Personally, I’m against vaccine mandates and think any the unvaccinated should have to pay out of pocket for medical treatment. They should also be last in the queue for medical treatment.

    Why not let them have the freedom to die? I am very much for letting them exercise their freedom. Less people equals less traffic.

    Stop with the nanny state BS and let nature takes its course. You can’t fix stupid.

  39. Letting nature take its course would be not taking the vaccine. Other than that I really don’t understand the context of the above comment.

  40. The amount of nonsense on this thread is, as usual, monumental. And, also as usual, almost all from the anti-vax/mask fools.
    Cases in point – ASAIK, no vaccine is 100% effective, even polio. But you have to travel outside of the USA to have a chance of encountering an active case, so people get a booster before traveling.
    Joe Rogan – now advocates vaccines for everyone over 16. And he tested negative 2 days after reporting he’d tested positive. Go figure. (I also read he’d been using sheep wormer to self treat – which makes him free of sheep worms. But he’s still full of sheep dip).

  41. People seriously need to quit telling other people what to do. All the vaccinated are so worried about the unvaccinated. Why? If you are vaccinated, you have nothing to worry about. At this point it is not about the virus or the vaccine, it is about people feeling powerful and demanding others capitulate to their demands. I wouldn’t be shocked if some of you would be okay with jailing or killing unvaccinated people. There was a time when this was a free country. A place where people were able to make their own decisions. Not anymore, apparently.

  42. Quid Pro Joe says:
    September 5, 2021 at 6:06 pm
    “ People just want to ignore the facts about the vaccine. It does a great job of keeping people from getting really sick and needing hospitalization. That is what it was designed to do.”

    Tell Oscar De La Hoya that. He’s in the hospital in serious condition despite being vaccinated. Meanwhile, Joe Rogan is completely over Covid without being vaccinated.

    By the way, that’s not how vaccines are designed. The intent of a vaccine is to stop transmission and spread. These experimental jabs are obviously not doing that. You can’t create an effective vaccine for the coronavirus due to it being in the animal reservoir. To mandate something so ineffective without any data to fall back on is shameful.
    _________

    Cherry picking random individuals proves absolutely nothing. Overall data is the only way to measure what is happening with the pandemic. The overall data conclusively proves that hundreds of millions of people have been vaccinated with zero side effects and perfect protection from catching and transmitting the virus.

  43. I’m an 83 year old man who received both Pfizer vaccines. My wife is 74 and also got both shots. We both also got the nasty Delta variant of Covid. As a result of having been vaccinated, she had almost ZERO side effects… she just felt a little more tired than usual for a couple days. I had what felt no worse than a typical head cold, e.g., a few sniffles, a little stuffy nose, slight tickling cough, and temporarily loss of my sense of smell. Neither of us had ANY fever, nor did we feel anything worse that annoying little side effects. At our ages had we NOT been vaccinated our doctor said we would have been in bad shape. Clearly the vaccines helped us from having any kind of dangerous side effects. Do what you want with your bodies, all you anti-vaxers. Just quit crying about how you “wish I would have taken the vaccines” when you’re in the hospital fighting to breathe…and maybe not making it. And quit infecting the rest of us….So stupid not to protect yourselves and your families….

  44. Martin is vaccinated as are most of the people that test positive.
    ——————————
    It is absolutely false that most of the people testing positive are vaccinated. This is a harmful falsehood.

    —————————————
    Actually there is a shred of truth, I don’t know about that word “most” but plenty of the positive tests are from vaccinated players. Its not that this fact is untrue, its just that it gets applied wrong to the great vax debate.

    Not debatable is that “testing positive” has two very different meanings to a vaccinated vs an unvaccinated person. Folks can choose to disbelieve that there is a difference to them medically and roll those dice, but as far as NFL protocols and how that test is going to impact their availability there is a huge difference, regardless what one thinks of the protocols they are what they are.
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    The word “most” is exactly the problem, as it means the majority. More than half. Most. “Some” people who are vaccinated test positive. It is patently false that “most” people who test positive are vaccinated, and saying that is harmful because it accentuates and exacerbates the flagrant denial of truth and reality that people seem to so casually accept. There is no shred of truth there.

    But I certainly agree that that the most important piece is the implications for a positive test are very different for a vaccinated and unvaccinated person.

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