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Wed Dec 9, 2020, 09:22 AM

College football player out with myocarditis from COVID-19

Miami Hurricanes CB Al Blades Jr. to miss remainder of season with myocarditis


Miami Hurricanes junior cornerback Al Blades Jr. will miss the remainder of the season with myocarditis, he announced Tuesday night.

Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle and one of the potential complications from COVID-19.

“As of last week, I was going through COVID protocols when doctors had some concerns about my bloodwork,” Blades wrote in a Twitter post. “After undergoing an MRI on my heart, I have been diagnosed with myocarditis. This will cause me to be out for a minimum of three months.

“It hurts to not to be out there with my brothers, but I will always be a Hurricane. I’m looking forward to returning to the field in 2021.”

This was always the fear of putting young people at risk to resume sports. Of course, he could have been exposed in his regular life even if he never played football this year. Only time will tell if this is a long term problem or just an extended recovery.

I have been on record as supporting Football coming back. I would be hypocritical not to recognize that this was potentially a mistake. We will see.

As a Hurricanes alumnus, I wish Al Blades Jr. the best and hope for a speedy recovery.

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Wed Dec 9, 2020, 09:35 AM

1. Same for a women's basketball player at Vanderbilt. Another healthy,

athletic young person in the prime of life.


"Vanderbilt women's basketball player Demi Washington tweeted that she will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with myocarditis following a COVID-19 positive case.

Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle usually caused by a viral infection, including COVID-19. Symptoms include chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath and arrhythmias.

Washington, a sophomore guard, did not play in Vanderbilt's season-opening 82-74 loss at Little Rock on Saturday. The Commodores' first three games were canceled because of COVID-19 either within their program or the opponent's.

On Monday night, Washington tweeted that she will not play the 2020-21 season.

"Following a case of COVID-19, I have recently been diagnosed with myocarditis and will not be able to play this season," Washington tweeted. "While I am disappointed, I look forward to supporting my teammates and returning to the court soon. #AnchorDown"

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