UCLA cornerback Marcus Rios will miss the college football season after he was diagnosed with a very rare, deadly fungal infection.
Rios, projected to be a starting cornerback for the Bruins, originally had a sinus infection that later developed into something more serious. The infection turned into a fungal infection that was found behind his eye and between his brain.
Rios said of the diagnosis, “It’s very rare. Only 12 people have ever had it and eight of them have died. Two others recovered and then died later.”
Rios has spent the majority of the offseason in-and-out of hospitals and is currently taking antibiotics through a PICC, peripherally inserted central catheter, line in his arm. Since Rios has the PICC line in his arm, he said that he cannot do any running and is slated for another surgery.
Coach Jim Mora said that Rios will be out six months and Rios added that he is probably out for the season.
Football has to take a backseat for his health and here's hoping for a speedy return for Rios.