The NBA and NHL have proven thus far that the bubble concept works, and “a large number” of Dallas Cowboys are following suit.
Per ESPN, many of the Cowboys – consisting of players, coaches and staff – are forming their own virtual training camp bubble before on-field practices start on Friday.
Normally, the Cowboys spend training camp in Oxnard, California where the team stays at a hotel for more than a month, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic they are in Dallas and appear to have found a strategy to help reduce the risk of COVID-19.
It is believed that the majority of the team is setting up at the five-star Omni Hotel next door to the Cowboys’ practice facility and connected to the Ford Center – the 12,000-seat stadium attached to the Cowboys stadium.
The Cowboys stay at the hotel before home games at AT&T Stadium and conduct their meetings and receive treatment at their facility before sleeping at the hotel.
Rookies and free agents had already been staying at the hotel. While the organization is not mandating all players participate, it is highly suggested.
The New Orleans Saints are the only other team that has confirmed to be creating a virtual bubble to reduce the risk of a COVID-19 spread.
The Cowboys have had two players land on the COVID-19 list – wide receiver Jon-Vea Johnson and cornerback Saivion Smith, but both have rejoined the 80-man roster this week.