Los Angeles Rams center first NFL player to test positive for COVID-19
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Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen has become the first NFL player confirmed to have contracted the novel coronavirus, Fox Sports reported Thursday.

Allen told the network's Jay Glazer that he tested positive for the virus three weeks ago and tested positive again early last week. He said he lost his senses of taste and smell, and experienced by flu-like symptoms.


Allen also told Glazer his symptoms have largely subsided, and he anticipates getting the “all-clear” from doctors later Thursday. 

Rams head coach Sean McVay told “Fox Football Now” that Allen is “healthy and he’s on the road to recovery.”

When asked last week whether anyone within the Rams organization had been affected by the virus, McVay responded, “There’s been a couple guys that … we’ve had some conversations with.”

“I don’t want to get into anybody’s specific names” for privacy reasons, he added.


Although Allen is the first player confirmed to have tested positive, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton had also previously tested positive.  

The NFL, which is not scheduled to begin its 2020 season until September, has so far been unaffected by the cancellations and postponements that have swept through other sports leagues including the NBA, Major League Baseball and NHL, but is reportedly considering playing fall games in empty stadiums, an idea to which National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci warns new coronavirus mutation may cause virus to spread more easily GOP Arizona lawmaker says Fauci and Birx 'undermine' Trump's coronavirus response Overnight Health Care: Experts fear July 4 weekend will exacerbate coronavirus spread | Texas Gov. Abbott will require masks in most of the state | Fauci warns: 'We are not going in the right direction' MORE has given his blessing.

The NFL will hold its annual draft virtually later this month.