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Former Redskins defensive lineman Dexter Manley announced in a Twitter video on Wednesday that he has recovered from the novel coronavirus, thanking fans who offered support along the way.

"I want to let all the fans know I appreciated your concerns, the letters, the phone calls," Manley said. "I'm back, and you can't keep a good man down."

Manley, 61, tested positive for the virus in mid-May after reportedly being unable to shake a fever for nearly two weeks. 

At the time, The Athletic's Ben Standig reported that Manley was "resting comfortably and in no imminent danger."

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In the video, Manley urged everyone to take the virus seriously and to stay safe.

"Coronavirus is no joke. Take it seriously," he said. "We want everybody to be smart. If you don't feel well, get tested."

Manley registered 91 sacks and five fumble recoveries in 125 games with the Redskins over the span of nine seasons. The defensive lineman played a vital role in Washington's defense during their first two Super Bowl-winning seasons in 1982 and 1988.

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Manley played a total of 11 seasons, spending a year each with the Phoenix Cardinals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before retiring following the 1991 season.

 

"Once again, I want to thank the fan base for all your support," Manley said.

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