Denver Broncos' Von Miller Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The 31-year-old athlete is reportedly "at home resting and in good spirits"

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Denver Broncos star Von Miller has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

His agent, Joby Branion of Vanguard Sports Group, told PEOPLE in a statement on Thursday that the 31-year-old athlete “has been diagnosed with COVID-19.”

“He is at home resting and in good spirits with plans to speak publicly on the matter tomorrow,” a statement provided to PEOPLE read.

The Broncos also confirmed Miller’s diagnosis in a statement, saying he was tested positive for the virus after “experiencing flu-like symptoms.”

“Von has elected to share his diagnosis publicly to emphasize that anyone can be afflicted with coronavirus,” the team said on its website. “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.”

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News of Miller’s diagnosis comes a day after FOX NFL Sunday‘s Jay Glazer announced in a video shared on FOX Sports: NFL’s Twitter that Los Angeles Rams’ Brian Allen had “tested positive for COVID-19 three weeks ago” and “again early last week.” A rep for the Rams also confirmed to PEOPLE that Allen tested positive.

“Lost all smell and taste to where he couldn’t even smell an ammonia smelling-salt. Has no taste,” Glazer’s statement read. “Then the flu began. Says he’s now finally symptom-free and thankfully expecting the ‘all clear’ this week!”

“Rams had to close their facility weeks ago to injured players (facilities are only open for medical) but are able to re-open next week,” he added.

In the video, Glazer went on to say that doctors told Allen, a 24-year-old center for the Rams, that though he is now “symptom-free,” it could take anywhere from six to eight months to fully regain his senses of smell and taste but Allen also said his “case wasn’t as bad” as many who contract the virus.

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Last month, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton revealed that he had contracted coronavirus.

He later explained on Louisiana radio show Sports Talk with Bobby Hebert & Kristian Garic that when he began to experience “some flu-like symptoms,” he got tested for the virus and began to self-quarantine the following day.

“I was cleared yesterday,” said Payton, 56, on March 25. “It’s been quite a process, and you spend a lot of time trying to learn as much as you can about it. We’re certainly seeing it on the news 24/7.”

“I’ve been fortunate,” the coach noted of his health, adding that he was “feeling a lot better.”

As of April 16, there have been at least 638,374 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with 28,628 deaths from coronavirus-related illness.

Worldwide, there are now 2,088,425 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 139,419 deaths.

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