Former Washington Redskins defensive end Dexter Manley has turned a corner in his fight against the coronavirus and could be released from the hospital, the team announced.
Manley, 62, was hospitalized on May 2 with symptoms related to COVID-19 and tested positive for the virus with reduced levels of oxygen.
Manley’s daughter, Dalis, told the Washington Post last week that Manley was “very weak, worn down and discouraged” after two weeks with a fever and shortness of breath.
Manley, a two-time Super Bowl winner and All-Pro defensive end known as the “Secretary of Defense” with the Redskins, received oxygen but was never on a ventilator, former teammate John Riggins said in a video update posted on the team’s website.
“He’s slowly but steadily making a recovery against this virus that’s been ravaging the entire world,” Riggins said on his podcast of Manley.
Manley is the team’s all-time leader with 91 career quarterback sacks.