Marcus Rios began this spring atop the depth chart at cornerback for UCLA. Now, he may not play at all in 2013 as he deals with considerably more important issues.
Per the Los Angeles Times, Rios could miss most, if not all, of this year because of a rare fungus infection located in his sinus area. Rios has already undergone six surgeries to remove the fungus and will undergo another within the next two weeks.
“It started as a sinus infection last October,” Rios said. “Then they found the fungus infection behind my eye and beneath my brain.”
It’s apparently a serious matter. Rios told the paper that while only a dozen people have ever been recorded as having the fungus, it has resulted in the deaths of almost all of them. The sophomore-to-be is currently on antibiotics fed through a catheter in his arm to help with the condition.
We certainly wish Rios the best and hope for a full recovery.