NFL Injury Analysis: COVID-19 Protocol and Other News

NFL Injury Analysis: COVID-19 Protocol and Other News

This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.

Ezekiel Elliott

The Cowboys running back has been one of the more prominent NFL players to test positive for COVID-19. Elliott tested positive in mid-June and recently revealed he suffered some mild coughing and shortness of breath during his bout with the virus. Regardless of symptoms, any player who tests positive for COVID-19 must complete the league's mandated protocol to return to action, which includes five days off after the initial positive test and two consecutive negative tests separated by 24 hours. A more in-depth screening, including a cardiac evaluation, seems likely to be necessary as well. Additionally, the NFL and the NFLPA continue to discuss the possibility of a short-term COVID-19 injury list. Fantasy owners should become familiar with these procedures as multiple COVID-19 cases among NFL players appears to be unescapable. Elliott should have no problem receiving clearance prior to the start of camp.

Cam Newton

The partnership between Newton and New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has the potential to produce extremely fantasy friendly numbers. Newton has always been a dual threat, and McDaniels has a knack for maximizing his quarterback's skill set. However, there is one major obstacle the duo must overcome, the former league MVP's health. Newton has undergone multiple surgeries on his throwing shoulder, and a midfoot injury limited him to just two games last season. The midfoot sprain was classified as a Lisfranc injury and ultimately required surgery to mend. 

The foot likely is a bigger concern than the shoulder. The Lisfranc joint

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Jeff Stotts
Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
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