His agent, Joby Branion, told NFL Network about Miller’s condition. The former Super Bowl MVP is expected to issue a statement Friday but was described as being in good spirits and resting at home.
The Broncos issued a statement on Miller’s diagnosis:
“After experiencing flu-like symptoms, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller has tested positive for COVID-19. Von has elected to share his diagnosis publicly to emphasize that anyone can be afflicted with coronavirus.
“Von is doing well and recovering at home in self-isolation. He remains under the care of team doctors, who are following all coronavirus treatment procedures to ensure a safe environment for Von and our community.
“Von is the first member of the Broncos’ organization known to have tested positive for COVID-19.”
Miller has a Hollywood connection. He is teaming with OBB Pictures on a half-hour animated comedy project titled Mars Martians, about the NFL’s first expansion team on Mars. Miller will voice the lead role and serve as an executive producer on the potential series.
On Wednesday, it was revealed that Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen had tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the first active NFL player to acknowledge his status publicly. New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton revealed last month that he was positive but since has recovered. It has also been reported that a Los Angeles Chargers player has tested positive and two others have shown symptoms, but none has been identified.
At least two former NFL players, receiver Orlando McDaniel and kicker Tom Dempsey, have died from complications related to the disease.
Meanwhile, the NFL Draft still is planned for three remote sessions April 23-25. All planned public events surrounding the draft in Las Vegas were canceled. The league has prohibited off-season organized team activities, and there are questions about whether the July training camps and the September regular season will start on time.