The COVID-19 pandemic previously hit the NFL world for the first time last month when New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton tested positive for the virus.
Up until Wednesday evening, we had not heard of any active players coming down with COVID-19. That’s until Fox Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer reported Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen tested positive last month. In fact, Allen tested positive twice and has since recovered.
The Rams themselves updated the COVID-19 situation within their franchise on Thursday with Senior Director of Sports Medicine and Performance Reggie Scott announcing that there are no other positive COVID-19 tests within the organization.
Given that Allen was at the Rams’ facility when he tested positive, this is somewhat shocking news. In total, 10 individuals were quarantined following his COVID-19 diagnosis.
The better news here is that Allen himself has now recovered from the virus twice. The hope around the NFL has been that other players do not test positive before widespread testing is available to the masses. Unfortunately, Denver Broncos star Von Miller became the latest player to fall ill to COVID-19.
How this situation plays out moving forward will be the biggest determining factor when it comes to whether the 2020 NFL season will start on time.