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Sep 8, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen (55) lines up during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson,

The story that Jay Glazer pumped as his ‘big, national’ breaking news story for an entire news cycle was revealed moments into his FS1 show on Wednesday night with the word that Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen tested positive for COVID-19.

The 24-year-old Allen, who first noticed something was off when he had no sense of smell or taste, is the first confirmed positive test involving a NFL player and it’s expected that he will be cleared by the end of the week.

That seems… underwhelming.

I mean this with no disrespect to Allen’s fight with the virus that’s put our entire world on hold, but the way Glazer pumped this all day, you would’ve thought that somebody was retiring, coaches were getting traded, or that the 2020 NFL season was getting cancelled as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requests. I mean, Glazer really did make it seem like a truly insane, groundbreaking story was coming our way. Instead, we got word that a player battled COVID-19 but was a step away from a complete recovery. It all feels a little icky when you consider the context of Glazer’s reporting and hype.

Then again, maybe we should’ve seen the letdown coming considering that Glazer was willing to sit on the story up until his 11 p.m. talk show on one of Fox’s secondary channels.

Allen’s positive test gives the big four of U.S. sports a positive test across the board, with positive tests first turning up in the NBA before the MLB and NHL shortly followed.

The league will move ahead with the 2020 NFL Draft in a ‘virtual’ format next week.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.