Cowboys address players about Ebola
The Dallas Cowboys have addressed issues surrounding the continued spread of Ebola with their players this week, the team said Thursday.
Executive vice president Stephen Jones said that head trainer Jim Maurer spoke to the team about the disease this week.
“The biggest thing is so they are educated and understand where it is,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “It’s just education.”
The three confirmed cases of Ebola in the U.S. have all emerged from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient, died from the disease, while two nurses that treated him, Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, have since contracted it.
The Cowboys-New York Giants game on Sunday is the first game being held in the Dallas area since Duncan died. The Cowboys played at the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday.
Earlier this week, the NFL sent a letter to all 32 teams detailing basic information about Ebola and procedures in case of suspected contraction.
The Giants are being briefed on the disease as well in advance of their trip to the Dallas area.
Elsewhere in the sports world, Morocco has requested that the upcoming African Cup of Nations soccer tournament, scheduled for January, be postponed. In August, USA Basketball canceled a trip to Senegal because of the outbreak of Ebola in the region.
The Cowboys are 5-1 and tied for first in the NFC East, while the Giants are 3-3 and in third place in the division.
- Ben Estes