A COVID-19 diagnosis has already cost at least one NFL player his 2020 season.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Ryquell Armstead is expected to miss the rest of the season due to complications from the virus that has placed a burden across the glove.
The soon-to-be 24-year-old has reportedly been hospitalized twice and struggles with “significant respiratory issues” among other complications, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Armstead, who many thought could become the starting running back this season, has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list twice already, most recently in the first week of September before the season had started.
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said at the time he could not put a timetable on Armstead’s return and added, “he’ll be out a while.”
It is not confirmed if Armstead had any pre-existing conditions that caused the complications, but the second-year back out of Temple seems to check all the boxes of being a physically fit 23-year-old – running a 4.45 40 time and bench pressing 225 pounds 22 times at the NFL combine last year.
Many NFL players and athletes who have tested positive for COVID-19 have only experienced minor symptoms and have been able to bounce back rather quickly, but Armstead is certainly a reminder that young, healthy people can develop complications too.
Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez is another athlete whose season was shelved due to coronavirus because he experienced myocarditis – an inflammation of the heart. Myocarditis has been a condition that has been reported in COVID-19 cases as doctors and researchers continue to explore more between the connection.
Schefter reported that the expectation is for Armstead to return to full strength next season, but there is clearly a long way to go before then.