Powell, who underwent a test for the coronavirus, made his symptoms public with an Instagram post Saturday. In the photo, Powell is lying on a hospital bed, wearing a mask and gown, with medical equipment along the wall behind him.
“Been scared since yesterday man,” Powell wrote in the post. “Y’all really stay isolated. … be all fun and games til u in the hospital getting a shot in yo ahh and Qtips stuck up your nose til it touch your brain. This isn’t a message for sympathy cause I know who really cares about me and my well being, but this is a message so everyone really stays inside and stop playing with this. Everybody stay safe. Real talk. Peace, love and happiness.”
Powell isolated for multiple days in a hotel room before checking into a hospital in Iowa.
“I won’t stop can’t stop,” Powell wrote in a later post. “So don’t worry I got business to take care of my daughter to see so trust me Ima #FightOn.”
Powell last played for the Trojans in their wild 2017 Rose Bowl victory over Penn State, as he was thrust into action in place of ejected starter Cameron Smith. Over a four-year career, Powell racked up 58 tackles, spending most of his time on special teams.