Cowboys place coaches, staffers in COVID-19 ‘bubble’
The Dallas Cowboys have placed coaches and other staffers in a “bubble” to minimize the possibility of catching and spreading COVID-19 throughout the organization.
The group is reportedly staying at the Omni Hotel adjacent to the team’s training site in Frisco, Texas.
“We’re going in a more intense way and we’re having our coaches restrict their activities away from the field and restrict their contacts away from the field,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan. “We’re having all staff that touch a player do that. That’s in addition to what the NFL is doing.”
The players aren’t part of the bubble because the collective bargaining agreement doesn’t allow teams to house them in hotels.
The 78-year-old Jones feels he is at risk for the coronavirus and said he assumes anyone he comes in contact with has it. He also is a big part of why the Cowboys are seeing if the isolation of coaches and staffers can prevent a significant outbreak.
“Don’t let your guard down because tomorrow all of that could change,” Jones said. “And that’s a fact. Don’t let me think for one second we’ve got the key to how to not have this COVID outbreak. We don’t. But the things we’re doing are working here.”
Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list last week and quarterback Andy Dalton spent time on the list earlier this month.
Dallas upgraded its protocols during last week’s bye. The team played Pittsburgh on Nov. 8 and Steelers tight end Vance McDonald tested positive for COVID-19 the following day.
While the Cowboys ramp up internal efforts to combat the virus, Jones said Tuesday that he is planning to increase the number of fans in the seats for future games at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Dallas announced a crowd of 31,700 for the game against the Steelers and the team is averaging 25,750 over five home dates.
“We’ve had almost a third of the attendance in the NFL. I’m proud of that,” Jones said. “Our stadium is particularly suited for airiness, openness, air circulation. I’m very proud of the fact that we do it safely, we do it smartly.
“I see a continued aggressive approach to having fans out there. And that’s not being insensitive to the fact that we got our COVID and outbreak. Some people will say it is, but not when you’re doing it as safe as we are and not when we’re having the results we’re having. Literally, we have had no one report that they’ve gotten any contact with COVID from coming to our football game.”
–Field Level Media