LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Los Angeles Rams revealed Thursday that they closed their training complex for nearly two weeks and quarantined several people last month, after their center Brian Allen tested positive for coronavirus.
Reggie Scott, the Rams director of sports medicine and performance, said that no one else at the organization has become ill during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Allen feels much better after contracting the viral illness, Scott said Thursday.
“Until today, we have no other positive cases, which is amazing,” he added. “The good thing is that I have not received other phone calls or anything like that about people who have become ill or who have symptoms, and that is wonderful. Everyone is doing their job, doing their due and respecting social distancing ”.
The NFL team’s training complex reopened its doors this week for certain players and employees after adopting a series of safety parameters.
Allen had used the complex last month to rehabilitate after surgery on his left knee, which sidelined him from the last seven games of the previous season.
The center is the only Rams player to have been tested for the virus, according to Scott, who explained that the team only tests employees who show symptoms. Interviewed by Fox Sorts, Allen said the disease affected his sense of smell and taste, but denied that he had been hospitalized.
“His symptoms were not strong at all,” Scott said. “It’s going very well, and it’s great to hear that, because you hear a lot of different things with this.”
Allen was selected in the fourth round of the draft from Michigan State. It reached the ownership with the Rams during the previous campaign.
He is expected to get it back in the next season once he recovers from the knee injury.
Allen was the first NFL player to acknowledge that he had tested positive for COVID-19. On Thursday, he was joined by Von Miller, all-star linebacker for the Denver Broncos.
Sean Payton, coach of the New Orleans Saints, has recovered from the illness.
The Rams decided not to reveal Allen’s positive case until the player discussed the matter with Fox Sports.