Ryquell Armstead Reveals Post-COVID-19 Myocarditis Diagnosis Ahead Of Return To The Field With Jacksonville Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla – Running back Ryquell Armstead is nearing completion. That will come when he takes the field for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

It’s been two years since Armstead played in an NFL game, and he’s had to overcome a lot, including a battle with COVID-19 and myocarditis, which cost him the entire 2020 season, to finally reach this point. The former Temple star cherished the trip.

“It was a blessing in disguise,” Armstead said Thursday. “I have to sit down and enjoy my family, enjoy my kids, just do whatever they want to do. Be a father. Take nothing for granted. I cherish every moment now, and when it was time for me to d ‘stepping out of my comfort zone and coming back to where I need to be, I took this step. I was out every day at 6 a.m. Whether or not I knew I was going to be taken care of or no, I was there working by myself.

“I had a goal. I had a vision. I had an endgame. And that was the end of the game. Here I am. I’m back on a 53 [man] listing. I am back active, and like I said, I am blessed. My mind is so strong that none of it confused me. I just keep going. “

Armstead, who the Jaguars selected in the fifth round in 2019, ran 108 yards as a rookie and was due to play a bigger role in 2020, but it was derailed by COVID. He contracted the virus, made two runs on the reserve / COVID-19 list, was hospitalized once and was eventually diagnosed with myocarditis, which is inflammation of the heart muscle. It’s a known complication of the virus, and it kept Armstead from training and attempting a comeback for eight months.

He recovered and was getting in shape, but the Jaguars, under new coach Urban Meyer and general manager Trent Baalke, cut him off in May. He spent time with the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints before the Green Bay Packers signed him to their practice squad on November 3.

The Jaguars signed him on Wednesday, guaranteeing him three game failures, to replace Carlos Hyde, who was put on the injured list with a concussion. Armstead is likely to find work behind starter James Robinson when the Jaguars face the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

Armstead is originally from New Jersey and played at Millville High School, which makes his return to the field for the first time since the 2019 season finale even more special.

“I don’t really think about any of this [I’ve been through]”Armstead said.” It’s the past. When that happened, it was time to work. It took me probably two, three months to get back to where I live, where I am today and how I feel. I’m just moving forward. I don’t dwell on the past; these are all memories. I treat life like a game of chess. He was a pawn. It was only part of my story. God has a bigger story at the end. “