Denver Broncos receiver and returner Diontae Spencer has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Denver placed Spencer on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday. Earlier in the day, the Broncos revealed one player and two staff members had tested positive with the virus and held meetings virtually.
The 28-year-old has played in seven games this season for Denver, recording one reception for seven yards, one rush for nine yards, returned eight kicks for 149 yards and nine punts for 92 yards.
Spencer earned the main returner role in the Mile High City last season when he had 26 punt returns for 208 yards (8.0 average), including two 20-plus yarders and one 40-plus yarder along with 15 kick-off returns for 436 yards, and three over 40 yards. He caught six passes for 31 yards with a long of 20 on offence.
Spencer accumulated 644 return yards in 2019, which ranked 10th in the entire NFL. He was named a Pro Bowl alternate for his efforts and earned $495,000 USD in salary overall. The diminutive playmaker is making $675,000 USD for the 2020 NFL season.
The McNeese State University product starred in the CFL. He had his first 1,000-yard receiving season in 2018 accumulating 2,691 total yards and eight touchdowns which earned a league all-star nod for the first time in his career that year. In 2017 Spencer set a new CFL single-game mark with 496 all-purpose yards in one game.
Denver is 4-6 and scheduled to host 8-2 New Orleans on Sunday in Week 12, however Spencer won’t play.