The Dallas Cowboys are inactive losing crushed successful a COVID-19 outbreak that was discovered conscionable 90 minutes earlier their astir caller preseason game.
With 2 weeks near earlier the opener, manager Mike McCarthy isn't definite however to measure what it means for the Sept. 9 matchup against Tom Brady and Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay.
"I don't cognize what amended means," McCarthy said Wednesday aft announcing that 2 projected starters successful near defender Connor Williams and information Damontae Kazee had tested affirmative for COVID-19.
"This is the clime we're in. The large happening is we person acquisition astatine it. We're prepared to grip this. We're precise fortunate with our facility, the spacing of it, it's not a challenge. We've been capable to set meetings seamlessly. At the extremity of the day, you privation the travel and the continuity of your workday to not impact your players. I consciousness that that's not happening."
The Cowboys person 5 players connected the COVID-19 database successful Williams, Kazee and 2 different projected starters successful receiver CeeDee Lamb and antiaircraft tackle Carlos Watkins, on with information Malik Hooker.
Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn besides is distant from the squad due to the fact that of wellness and information protocols. A sixth player, undrafted rookie information Israel Mukuamu, was activated from the database and returned to signifier Wednesday.
Watkins and Quinn were the archetypal to beryllium pulled from the squad setting, conscionable earlier the 20-14 preseason nonaccomplishment to Houston connected Saturday. Lamb, Hooker and Mukuamu joined them earlier signifier resumed this week.
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Williams practiced Tuesday, portion Kazee was sidelined earlier helium had been identified arsenic different subordinate going done further testing.
The Cowboys besides were without cornerback Trevon Diggs connected Wednesday due to the fact that of a non-COVID-19 illness, McCarthy said.
"That's benignant of weird and scary, evidently benignant of scary to me, arsenic you tin get the vaccine and you tin inactive drawback COVID," said prima moving backmost Ezekiel Elliott, who had COVID-19 aboriginal successful the pandemic and is vaccinated. "It conscionable shows that we can't fto our defender down."
When announcing that Watkins and Quinn had been sent location from the stadium Saturday, the Cowboys said 93% of players were vaccinated on with each of the shot staff.
Three days later, proprietor Jerry Jones -- outspoken successful his enactment of bringing backmost fans past twelvemonth portion galore stadiums were bare -- made his strongest connection truthful acold successful enactment of vaccines.
NFL protocols let vaccinated unit to instrumentality aft 2 antagonistic COVID-19 tests 24 hours apart, portion unvaccinated players are required to enactment distant astatine slightest 5 days adjacent if they are deemed adjacent contacts, careless of their investigating status.
"Everyone has a close to marque their ain decisions regarding their wellness and their body," Jones said connected his vigor show. "I judge successful that wholly until your decisions arsenic to yourself impacts negatively galore others. Then, the communal bully takes over. We person got to cheque 'I' astatine the doorway and spell guardant with 'we.' Your Dallas Cowboys are doing that."
The Cowboys are without their different projected starting information successful Donovan Wilson, who near signifier Tuesday with a groin injury. McCarthy said helium didn't cognize the severity.
At the moment, Dallas has 5 safeties disposable for the preseason finale astatine location against Jacksonville connected Sunday. The astir experienced successful that group, Darian Thompson and Jayron Kearse, mightiness person to play much than the Cowboys would prefer.
McCarthy said helium wasn't definite who mightiness beryllium activated disconnected the COVID-19 database earlier Sunday, Quinn included.
"Everybody's presumption is antithetic based connected the level of testing," McCarthy said. "There's truthful galore variables to this. I conscionable run connected time by time and marque definite everybody's getting the enactment that they need."