CFL running back Don Jackson tested positive, since recovered from COVID-19

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Canadian Football League running back Don Jackson has recovered from the coronavirus.

The 27-year-old Jackson shared the news on Twitter: Tested positive for COVID back in mid-October, beat that joint and finally feeling like myself. God willing, as healthy as I am, that was tough for me and the fam. Y’all be safe, be water. 

Jackson spent his first two CFL seasons in Calgary, playing 20 games for the Stampeders. He rushed 218 times for 1,170 yards — 5.4 yards per carry — while catching 44 balls for 300 yards. He nearly broke the 1,000-yard mark in 13 games during his rookie year up north — 924 yards in 13 games. The playmaker was part of the Stamps’ 2018 Grey Cup title team.

Following the 2016 NFL draft, Jackson was signed to an undrafted free agent contract by Green Bay. He played three games, starting one, for the Packers carrying the ball 10 times for 32 yards prior to suffering a left hand injury. Green Bay selected three running backs in the 2017 NFL draft and released Jackson.

The University of Nevada product played with current Saskatchewan Roughriders’ quarterback Cody Fajardo in their NCAA days. Jackson totalled 2,368 rushing yards, 269 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns with the Wolfpack. He capped his collegiate career by turning out 1,079 yards on the ground in 13 games during his senior season.

Jackson signed a one-year contract for the 2020 season, which was cancelled due to the pandemic, with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. It expires in February 2021.