Los Angeles Rams’ Brian Allen Is First NFL Player to Contract COVID-19

Brian Allen, a center for the Los Angeles Rams, is the first known NFL player to contract the coronavirus.

Wednesday on Twitter, Jay Glazer of “Fox NFL Sunday” announced the athlete “tested positive for COVID-19 three weeks ago” and “again early last week.” A representative for the Los Angeles team later confirmed these details to People.

Despite this, Glazer — who said he spoke to Allen that morning — says the offensive lineman is “now finally symptom-free and thankfully expecting the ‘all clear’ this week.”

However, Glazer detailed the various ailments that Allen experienced.

“’I woke up three weeks ago and couldn’t smell anything,’” Glazer recounted of his conversation with Allen.

Glazer said that Allen also suffered from “periodic sore throats,” fatigue, and headaches — in addition to losing all sense of taste.

"'All I could feel was texture in my mouth, literally was the only sense I had,’” Glazer continued of his chat with Allen.

Though Allen is still suffering from lack of taste and smell, Glazer said the football player was told by doctors that it could take anywhere from six to eight months to regain these senses.

Allen added to Glazer that his “case wasn’t as bad” as others who were affected by the virus.

In March, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton announced his COVID-19 diagnosis, making him the first known person in the NFL to contract the disease.

During an interview with ESPN that month, Payton urged the public to take the pandemic seriously, and to follow instructions from officials.

“This is not just about social distancing,” the coach told the outlet. “It’s shutting down here for a week to two weeks. If people understand the curve, and understand the bump, we can easily work together as a country to reduce it. Take a minute to understand what the experts are saying. It’s not complicated to do what they’re asking of us. Just that type of small investment by every one of us will have a dramatic impact.”

Sending well wishes to Brian and Sean on their recovery.


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