NFL WR Emmanuel Sanders Scared for His Life After Testing Positive for COVID-19

by Chris Haney

Last Thursday, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders tested positive for COVID-19 and is now speaking out about feeling scared for his health.

The former Super Bowl champion – while playing with the Denver Broncos – was placed on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list. Saints head coach Sean Payton said Sanders “got this at home” and “knows exactly how he got it.” However, neither Payton nor Sanders has offered any other specifics on how or where he caught the virus.

NFL insider Adam Schefter shared the news on Twitter reporting that the receiver would at least miss the upcoming matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

Sanders has now admitted that he’s fearful over his positive COVID-19 diagnosis. The NFL player is very concerned that his health could worsen at any time. He explained that he’s experienced some rough symptoms since testing positive. His symptoms included fever, body aches, and “loopy feelings.”

“Every night I go to sleep I’m like, ‘Lord, please, let me wake up in the morning feeling good.’ I don’t want to wake up in the middle of the night and can’t breathe. And like, s–t just goes south, right?” explained Sanders said on the “17 Weeks” podcast. “That’s my biggest fear in watching that s–t, it intensifies my fears, right?”

Sanders and His Wife Both Struggling With COVID-19 Symptoms

In addition, the former Pro Bowler said his wife also contracted COVID-19. He explained that she is experiencing many of the same symptoms.

“It feels like we’re glitchy,” said Sanders on the podcast. “Like when I’m walking it feels like if my wife was to talk to me, it feels like I’m skipping a beat every now and then. It’s the weirdest s–t ever.”

The Saints wide receiver missed last week’s win over the Panthers since he was forced to sit out. Sanders will at least miss this week’s game against the Bears as well.

“It’s a situation that sucks, you know?” said Sanders. “I’m missing two games, but it is what it is.”