By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to CBS Sports, a member of the Las Vegas Raiders player my have the coronavirus. If this is the case, it is the first known case in the NFL.
With the sports world shut down, this virus has also impacted several athletes. Raiders linebacker Quentin Poling announced on Twitter that he is “showing all the symptoms of the coronavirus.”
He said that he was recently in Spain with his family when he may have contracted the virus. He said he has “fluid in lungs, sore throat, and dry cough.”
“My doctor told me that he is sure me, my wife, and our two-year-old daughter has COVID-19,” Poling said on Twitter. “… but that’s the Ohio Health Department wasn’t administering tests because we aren’t high risk. I guess they don’t want the real number of infected people in the state to be known.”
If it is confirmed that Poling has it, it’ll be the first known case in the NFL. This would come hours after the Ottawa Senators announced late Thursday night that one of their players have it.
The case with the Senators is the first known case in the NHL. Other than the NHL, there have been the majority of the cases in the NBA.
Poling appears to be presently in Ohio.
He has bounced around in his young NFL career. He was a seventh-round draft pick by the Miami Dolphins in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Then, last season, he began the season on the Raiders practice squad. He was then released.
He then spent time on the Atlanta Falcons practice squad, before they released him. Poling then signed with the Raiders at the conclusion of the 2019 season.
Despite sporting events shut down, the NFL is still proceeding with their free agency. The legal tampering period began on Monday and will run through tonight at 4 pm EST when the new league-year starts.
The NFL also announced that the coronavirus has shut down the NFL Draft in April in Las Vegas. They are trying to find an alternative spot to host the event.
Also, the league’s off-season training program has been suspended.
At this time, the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has caused more than 100 deaths in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins. More than 8,200 people in the world have died from it.