Rams Lineman is First NFL Player to Confirm Coronavirus Diagnosis

Dan Mennella
April 16, 2020 - 8:39 am

Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen recently tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the first confirmed case among active NFL players.

Earlier on Wednesday, reports surfaced that one member of the Los Angeles Chargers organization -- a non-player -- had tested positive, while two others were showing symptoms.

Allen, a 24-year-old third-year pro, told Fox Sports he had been spending the bulk of his offseason at the Rams' training facility, where he was rehabbing a knee injury, when he began feeling symptoms three weeks ago.

Allen said he felt some of the symptoms commonly associated coronavirus, including loss of taste and smell, before he was tested. He added he was tested again about two weeks after his initial test -- and tested positive again -- but he is expected to be cleared this week.

Rams head coach Sean McVay confirmed Allen's diagnosis, according to NFL.com.

"I talked to him yesterday. I'm really glad to hear he's feeling good, he's healthy and he's on the road to recovery," McVay said. "I think we all understand that the severity of what this has meant for some people, fortunately for Brian, he's on the road to recovery."

Allen was a fourth-round pick in 2018. The Michigan State product took over as starting center last season before his year ended prematurely due to the knee injury.

The Rams' facility was sanitized upon Allen's positive test result, ESPN reported.

The NFL had been relatively unscathed by the coronavirus to date. Saints coach Sean Payton was the league's first known case.

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