Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton claims he was hit hard by the coronavirus but he is happy that he has almost fully recovered and that he has been given the green light to return to the field this week. Dalton, who exited the game against the Washington Football Team three weeks ago following a vicious hit by linebacker Jon Bostic, entered the concussion protocol after the match.
The Cowboys ended up losing badly to Washington, and as they were hoping to get Dalton back for their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers the next week, it was announced that their quarterback had tested positive for the coronavirus.
"The COVID, it hit me hard the first day I had it, then it gradually started feeling better," Dalton said, per ESPN. "By the end of it, I was ready to get out of quarantine and get back up here." Suffering a concussion and then contracting the coronavirus several days later wasn't easy, and though Dalton has tested negative for the coronavirus and officially recovered, he hasn't yet gotten back his taste and smell.
"It was a crazy three weeks for me, but I'm glad to be on the other side of it," Dalton said. "I'm glad to be back with everybody and through those three weeks."
The Dalton family feeling well now
Dalton, his wife, as well one of his son's tested positive for the coronavirus, while the tests of two of his children returned as negative.
"Everybody is good now," Dalton said. "So we're all healthy and back to normal." Washington linebacker Bostic was fined $12,000 for his vicious hit on Dalton but wasn't suspended and Dalton was a bit surprised when he saw the NFL's fine.
"You know, with that whole thing, just looking at some of the fines and different things that other people got, I was a little surprised by the number," Dalton said. "But it is what it is." This week, the Cowboys take on the Minnesota Vikings on the road and Dalton is expected to start for Dallas.
"It was a little frustrating," Dalton added. "You miss the one game because of the concussion, first time dealing with that, and then the COVID. It's like, it all kind of hit at once. I wish I could have been out there. I wish I could have played in the two games that I missed."