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Emmanuel Sanders lends voice to real fear of COVID-19 harm

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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders went into some of the details surrounding his positive test for COVID-19 during an appearance on Uninterrupted’s 17 Weeks podcast on SiriusXM and Pandora. As part of his appearance, the 33-year-old Texas native noted that he has real fears about his diagnosis, as well as the symptoms that could ensue.

“Every night I go to sleep I’m like, ‘Lord, please, let me like wake up in the morning feeling good,’” Saints star WR Emmanuel Sanders said during the podcast. “Like, I don’t want to wake up in the middle of the night and like, can’t breathe. And like, shit just goes south, right?

“That’s like my biggest fear in watching that shit, it intensifies my fears, right? Because people can say whatever you want and everybody could say, ‘Oh yeah, I’m not scared to get COVID.’ But in the back of your head, and you may think you’re healthy but in the back of your head, you don’t know this virus. Nobody knows anything about this virus. You don’t know how your body’s gonna react and you don’t know at any moment, like if shit will go south, right?”

The Saints placed Sanders on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday after he tested positive for the virus. According to a report from Amie Just of nola.com, he felt “loopy and nauseous,” while his mouth watered in meetings. He practiced, but something was awry.

“I was running, but I was exhausting so much energy into running that it felt like abnormal,” the Saints vet said on the podcast. “I didn’t feel like myself.”

As a result of his diagnosis and the NFL’s protocol, Sanders is already slated to miss at least two weeks of action, which includes this weekend’s matchup against the Chicago Bears. In a meeting with coaches and trainers earlier this week, he revealed that he had lost his sense of taste, which is a known symptom of the virus. He was immediately sent out for testing. The results were positive.

Sanders was surprised to learn that both he and his wife had tested positive. Their kids, however, did not. Nola.com reports that the children are quarantining away from their parents in Denver. But like many others, Sanders was a bit mad at first. Still, he knows this virus is bigger than football and is willing to comply with the NFL’s protocol measures.

“I was just like, ‘What the hell?’ Because truthfully, I don’t really go anywhere,” Sanders said on the podcast, via nola.com.

Hopefully, Sanders will recover smoothly and be back on the field sooner rather than later.