First NFL player tests positive for virus

Los Angeles Rams centre Brian Allen became the first NFL player to test positive for the coronavirus, according to Fox Sports.

Allen told Fox Sports he first contacted COVID-19 three weeks ago. The biggest symptom he first noticed was that he lost his ability to smell, saying smelling salts up to his nose had no effect. According to the report, Allen eventually lost his sense of taste and things spiralled from there.

Allen, who told the website he is feeling better, also added other symptoms included periodical sore throats, severe fatigue and it felt different than any other flu he has had.

Doctors told the 24-year-old he will actually be all clear from his symptoms this week, according to the report, but regaining full function of taste and smell could take a bit longer.

Brian Allen has played nine games for the Los Angeles Rams.Source:Getty Images

Rams general manager Les Snead and coach Sean McVay both dodged the question last week when asked if any members of the organisation had fallen ill.

“Everybody is doing really well,” McVay said at the time. “There’s been a couple guys that we’ve had some conversations with, but they’re in a good place right now.”

Rams confirm that center Brian Allen tested positive for coronavirus, as @JayGlazer reported. Coach Sean McVay told Glazer on @NFLonFOX that he spoke to Allen yesterday: "He's healthy and he's on the road to recovery."

Hopefully Brian Allen recovers. But, we shouldn’t be surprised an #NFL player — or any athlete — gets Coronavirus. The league has to have contingencies in place for how to handle multi-player or team-wide outbreaks if they’re even thinking of playing games this season, though.

The Rams selected the 188cm Allen in the fourth round out of Michigan State in the 2018 NFL Draft and started nine games last season until suffering an MCL injury that ended his campaign.

New Orleans coach Sean Payton was the first NFL coach to test positive and said he has been cleared of all symptoms.

This article first appeared in the New York Post and was republished with permission

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