NFL Star Von Miller Reveals Shock After Coronavirus Diagnosis: 'There's Not Really Any Medicine or Anything Like That'

Denver Broncos star linebacker Von Miller became the second NFL player to test positive for coronavirus on Thursday.

The eight-time Pro Bowl selection was in good spirits but admitted he was still struggling to get his head around the diagnosis.

"It's crazy,'' Miller told Denver NBC-affiliate 9NEWS. "I have to be quarantined here at the house. There's not really any medicine or anything like that. Dr. [Steve] Geraghty told me if my breathing changed [...] honestly, I'm still new to this.

"This is like an hour [since learning I tested positive]. I'm not sure what's going on, but I tell you what, I'm in good spirits. I'm still Von. I'm not feeling sick or hurting or anything like that."

The 31-year-old explained he was tested on Tuesday after developing a cough. Miller suffers from asthma and initially dismissed the symptom, trying to alleviate the issue with a nebulizer. The situation, however, did not improve and he agreed to get himself tested.

"I've just been here in the crib, and I started to get a little cough," he told 9NEWS.

"You know, I have asthma, and I started getting a little cough a couple days ago. My girlfriend [...] she told me when I was asleep, she said my cough, it didn't sound normal."

After his diagnosis became public, Miller took to social media to thank fans and well-wishers for their thoughts.

"I'm going to do whatever I have to do to get thru this!" he wrote on an Instagram story. "Take this seriously. It's definitely FOR REAL."

In a statement, the Broncos said Miller, a unanimous choice for the NFL All-Decade Team, was being monitored by team doctors.

The franchise added Miller had opted to publicly disclose his positivity to raise awareness over coronavirus and emphasize the need to be careful. News of Miller's diagnosis came a day after Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen revealed he was the first NFL player to test positive for coronavirus.

The 24-year-old told FOX Sports on Wednesday that he began showing symptoms of COVID-19 three weeks ago, noting he felt fatigued and suffered from headaches and a sore throat. The third-year center also lost his sense of smell and taste, all symptoms that have been reported by those who have contracted the virus.

Allen, however, is expected to be rid of the virus by this week.

He is "feeling good, he's healthy and he's on the road to recovery," Rams coach Sean McVay said in a statement.

Also on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Chargers reported a member of their organization had tested positive for the virus, while two others have shown symptoms but have not tested positive.

The diagnosis came approximately two weeks after the Chargers closed their facilities on March 12 to anyone other than essential staff.

Until Wednesday, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was the only member of an NFL team to test positive for COVID-19. The 56-year-old tested positive on March 19, but by the end of last month he confirmed he had been cleared and was feeling well.

Up until this week, the NFL had come through the coronavirus pandemic relatively unscathed compared to other major leagues. The MLB has postponed its season indefinitely because of the outbreak, while the NBA and NHL suspended their seasons over a month ago and both leagues have reported cases of coronavirus among players and team members.

The NFL, meanwhile, has been forced to hold its draft remotely later this month rather than the planned extravaganza in Las Vegas, but remains confident the regular season will begin as intended on September 10.

Earlier this month, however, the league's chief medical officer warned a number of conditions must be met for the NFL season to begin as scheduled, including testing players and fans for coronavirus symptoms.

"As long as we're still in a place where when a single individual tests positive for the virus that you have to quarantine every single person who was in contact with them in any shape, form or fashion, then I don't think you can begin to think about reopening a team sport," Dr. Allen Sills told NFL.com. "Because we're going to have positive cases for a very long time."

As of Friday morning, over 671,400 cases have been reported in the U.S., by far the highest toll in the world. Almost 33,300 deaths have been recorded in the U.S. and more than 52,700 people have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University, which has been tracking the outbreak using combined data sources.

Over 145,000 people have died globally since the outbreak of coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, a city located in China's central Hubei province, late last year. There have been more than 2.1 million confirmed cases globally.

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Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos defends on the play against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at Empower Field at Mile High on December 29, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 16-15. Justin Edmonds/Getty