NFL prospect receives positive feedback after medical checks.
NFL defensive tackle prospect Star Lotulelei has been told that recent MRI scans showed “no evidence of dysfunction” with his heart amid worries over his future in the game.
Dave Petron, Utah’s team physician, says that his heart functioned “consistently with that of highly trained athletes”, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
The 23 year-old had been projected as a No.1 overall pick before reports of a potential heart issue emerged, with NFL franchises scared off following the NFL Scouting Combine in February.
An echocardiogram administered by the league revealed the problem, showing a left ventricle pumping at 44%, outside the normal range of between 55-70%.
However, following the latest round of checks, it is believed that Lotulelei’s original abnormality may have been caused by a virus he was suffering from at the Combine.
As a result his draft stock tumbled, but following the latest update he will expect to be back in high demand with teams concentrating on his possible contributions on the field as opposed to health worries that may effect or even shorten his professional career.
Lotulelei participated in all the drills at Utah’s pro day and will now await word from the NFL over his Combine re-check, a review of draft prospects’ medical concerns.