The Cowboys could be facing a COVID-19 problem.
As the country faces a second wave of COVID-19 cases, the Dallas Cowboys have prepped for a chance to still have fans moving forward in a lost season. Jerry Jones might need to put that plan on pause as recent news from the DFW area could change that.
According to WFAA’s William Joy, eight people who recently tested positive for the virus told contact tracers they recently attended a Cowboys game. This season, Dallas has allowed the most fans in AT&T Stadium, with their Week 9 matchup against the Steelers hosting 31,000 fans.
Before the news broke early Wednesday evening, Jones stated earlier on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas that he hopes to expand his already large crowd entering the final month of action.
“My plan was to increase our fans as we went through the season, and we followed that plan,” Jones said, speaking to 105.3 The Fan radio in Dallas. “We’ve had almost a third of the attendance in the NFL, the whole NFL. I’m proud of that.”
Are the Cowboys being safe with their COVID-19 measures?
Last week, the team elected to learn via Zoom than on the practice field following the Steelers seeing positive testing in their facility. Moving forward, Jones has set the tone around the league by doubling down on safety precautions for both the players and employees who work at “The Star” in Frisco.
“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,” Jones told the flagship station. “We’re having all staff that touch a player do that. That’s in addition to what the NFL is doing.”
According to reports from ESPN’s Todd Archer, the organization is further isolating themselves by having coaches and staff members stay at the Omni Hotel. In a way, the Cowboys are creating their own bubble system to best prepare for a spike in cases without having to miss multiple games.