The condition of Washington Redskins great Dexter Manley is reportedly improving after the former defensive player was hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus. This announcement was made on the podcast of a former teammate, John Riggins, who played with Manley in Washington from 1981 to 1985.
“He is doing much better,” Riggins said on the “Riggo The Diesel” podcast Tuesday, per Redskins.com. “I’m not sure he was ever really that ill, but his oxygen levels were a little low, they put him on oxygen, he has never been on a ventilator. All of this stuff is improving as we speak. He’s still got a little ways to go.”
Manley was admitted to the hospital on May 2. While he’s been there since that date, “he’s slowly but steadily making a recovery against this virus that’s been ravaging the entire world,” according to Riggins.
Larry Michael, the radio voice of the team, even added some information of his own that came directly from Manley’s wife.
“He hopes to be back talking smack real soon,” Michael said, “and that’s directly from Lydia.”
Manley played football in the nation’s capital from 1981 to 1989. During that time he racked up 91 sacks–which remains a franchise record for career sacks to this day–two Super Bowl championships, an appearance in the Pro Bowl and on an All-Pro team (both in 1986). The team has honored him with an induction into the franchise’s Ring of Fame and by naming him to a list of the 80 greatest players in Redskins history.