2013 NFL Combine: Star Lotulelei's heart condition could be a false alarm

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

It was reported yesterday that standout NT Star Lotulelei was skipping the combine due to a heart condition. Now, reports are circulating that the issue may just be related to dehydration.

The news surrounding potential top-10 pick Star Lotulelei hasn't been very good since he opted to not participate in the NFL Combine due to an alleged heart condition. However, it's possible that the issue that's bothering him isn't related to a heart problem at all, but rather dehydration.

Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports:

After withdrawing from the NFL scouting combine because of an abnormal heart exam, Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei has been told he can continue working out on his own, according to a person informed of the conversations between doctors and the potential top-five draft pick.

The person said it's hoped that it's not a heart condition but rather dehydration, too much sodium in his diet or rapid weight loss in a short timeframe that prompted tests to reveal his heart wasn't pumping at full capacity. Lotulelei dropped almost 10 pounds in three days recently, in part because of the hectic schedule of traveling to the combine and the long days in Indianapolis.

Draft status aside, I hope this is the case for Star. Regardless of whether or not he's on the Panthers' radar to be taken at #14 overall, the last thing we want to see is a kid finding out he has a heart condition that would prevent him from realizing his dream of playing in the NFL.

Stay tuned to CSR for any future updates to this evolving story.

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