Under HIPPA unless you've received explicit permission to disclose something publicly, pretty certain they can't say anything about the illness itself. One of legal eagles shoukd know more on what can & can't be said.
HIPAA prevents them from saying anything, period. Under the CBA, the players signed away a very limited portion of their HIPAA rights--namely, the teams can disclose injuries sustained in a game or practice or (I think) training. I also THINK--but am not certain--that the team can disclose minor diseases (flu, food poisoning) that prevent participation in a game, but I'm not even sure about that one; reporters might find that stuff out from the players themselves.
Otherwise, nothing at all. Zip, zero, zilch. And it's not really even the team that is gagged; it's the medical provider. Buffalo General can't say anything to anyone without Okposo's permission, and that includes the team (although his contract likely provides the permission to receive disclosures but not disseminate). (In case you're wondering how electronic medical records and billing systems work in this system, those operators sign business affiliate agreements with the health care provider, and the business affiliates also are covered by HIPAA.)
Edited by Eleven, 08 April 2017 - 11:04 AM.