Former Cosumnes Oaks defensive back Marcus Rios was right at the top of the depth chart at cornerback for the UCLA Bruins. But, now he’s concerned for his health far more than continuing his football career.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Rios has a rare fungus infection in his sinus area. He was diagnosed with it last year. He will undergo another surgery in the next couple weeks, and that will keep him out for the season, the Times said.
Rios told the Times, “it’s very rare. Only 12 people have ever had it and eight of them have died. Two others recovered and then died later.”
He added that the infection was found behind his eye and beneath his brain. He’s had six surgeries since last October to remove the infection and will have a seventh surgery in a couple weeks.