Rams’ Brian Allen first NFL player to test positive for COVID-19, report says

first_imgRams center Brian Allen is the first NFL player to test positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), and he actually tested positive for it twice, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported Wednesday night.Glazer reported that Allen told him he lost his senses of smell and taste after contracting the virus three weeks ago. He was retested a few days later and the results came up positive again. MORE: Sports figures who have tested positive for COVID-19 While Allen is the first NFL player to test positive, he is not the first NFL figure to do so. Saints coach Sean Payton said last month that he tested positive. He has since recovered.The NFL has taken steps to isolate team personnel and keep them away from team facilities in response to the coronavirus outbreak. For example, the NFL Draft from April 23-25 will be conducted remotely. According to Glazer, Allen told him that he should be given the all clear by a doctor on Thursday but still is unable to smell or taste.Breaking news from @JayGlazer: Los Angeles Rams C Brian Allen is first NFL player to test positive for Covid-19. pic.twitter.com/pkGeD2GHJ2— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) April 16, 2020The Rams confirmed Glazer’s report early Thursday. Coach Sean McVay told the team’s website that Allen notified the organization that he wasn’t feeling well, and that the Rams closed their facility when Allen initially tested positive.”He did a great job of letting us know right away so we could be timely in our response in making sure we didn’t expose anybody else to that,” McVay told the website.Allen, 24, is entering his third NFL season after being drafted in the fourth round by the Rams out of Michigan State in 2018. He started Los Angeles’ first nine games last season but missed the final seven games after suffering an MCL injury against the Steelers in LA’s ninth game.last_img

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