Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Dion Dawkins feared he would die after spending four days in the hospital due to COVID-19. Dawkins detailed his harrowing experience with the virus, saying he was "extremely emotional" going through it, according to Sal Capaccio.
Dawkins spoke about dealing with the virus during a press conference Tuesday. He explained that he had essentially every symptom, and spent four days in the hospital battling COVID-19.
Dawkins admitted there were times he thought the virus would kill him.
Dawkins said he was nearly fully vaccinated when he contracted the virus. Dawkins had received his second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, but wasn't two weeks past the date of his second shot, so he wasn't considered "fully vaccinated."
He estimates he lost nearly 15 pounds while dealing with the virus.
Dion Dawkins still recovering from COVID-19
Dawkins reported to Bills training camp on time, but was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list shortly after arriving. He missed 10 days due to the virus, and is still ramping back up into game shape.
Bills head coach Sean McDermott said Sunday that Dawkins wasn't close to game action yet, according to Bills Wire.
“He’s not close to where he needs to be to play and help us,” McDermott said Sunday via press conference. “He’s got a long road here. He’s going to control what he can control and so are we. He’s going to continue to work hard to get himself back. This is Week 4 of training camp, so he’s missed a lot of time.”
Dawkins is a key member of the team. He's started every single regular season game for the Bills for three straight seasons.
The Bills are at the center of the COVID-19 vaccine debate in the NFL. Receiver Cole Beasley is among the most vocal opponents of the vaccine, while both Stefon Diggs and Emmanuel Sanders have spoken in support of getting the vaccine.
Nearly 90 percent of NFL players had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of July 30. On Monday, the Atlanta Falcons became the first NFL team to reach a 100 percent COVID vaccination rate among players.
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