The defender Cameron Smith in Minnesota Viking needs open-heart surgery and is set aside in 2020.
He has recently learned through a positive test on COVID-19 that he has a severe heart condition. Smith announced the development on Instagram Saturday.
“I found out I need open heart surgery to fix a bicuspid aortic valve that I was born with,” Smith posted. “Although this will, unfortunately, end my 2020 season, it is a blessing that we found this as my heart is severely enlarged and wouldn’t have lasted much longer. I found this out after I tested positive for COVID and had to have further testing done as protocol. The Lord works in mysterious ways, but I could feel him on this one!”
The Linebacker of the second year added that he had chosen a treatment that would allow him to continue to play football once he has healed. In the fifth round of the draft 2019, the Vikings picked Smith out of the USC, where he started for four years. He was a rookie for Minnesota in five games, collecting 8 tackles.
“By no means am I ready to be done playing football, there is still so much more I want to accomplish on the field,” Smith wrote. “I’m going to attack this like everything else I have in life. Already looking forward to the comeback! #SKOL”
Smith started at USC for four years, and in three seasons, he had collected a record of 354 trojans for the All-Pac-12 awards. During his rookie year, he played in just five Viking games and won eight tackles.
Although Smith did not opt-out of the 2020 season until the Thursday deadline, it has been decided that players will opt out after the deadline, if they are placed at high risk of a new health diagnosis. Whether Smith would use this clause, which will allow him this year to obtain a $350,000 grant, is unclear.
On Saturday, the Vikings supplemented LINEBACKER with Quentin Poling, which was published in May.
Poling, a 2018 seventh-round pick for the Dolphins, was included for a match last season in the Raiders roster.
He spent time with the Raiders on the Falcons practice squad from two previous stints.
The twenty-five-year-old backs the Vikings up with Ben Gedeon on the mentally inept roster.
Poling’s social media posts detailed his failed attempt in Ohio after a trip back to Spain with symptoms sufficient to make his doctor conclude he had a virus and attracted attention when he was one of the first players in the NFL to say he had the infection in March. A day later, Poling said that he should get a COVID-19 check along with his father.
Smith is the NFL ‘s newest performer to opt-out of the “pandemic season.” Others include Caleb Brantley (Football Team in Washington), Laurent De’ Anthony Thomas (Baltimore Ravens), Danny Vitale (New England Patriots). Caleb Brantley (Washington), Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (Kansas City Chiefs), Damian Williams (Maurice Canady (Dallas Cowboys).
The NFL reports that players choosing the opt-out high-risk — given to people with specified states of health — earn a $350,000 payout after the season. Those players will also earn an accrued season of free agent programs for a paid period and incentives and wage compensation.
A $150,000 bonus will be granted to volunteer seasonal opt-outs, and their deal will also be tolled.
Other Players Who Expressed Concern Over the Coming Season
Last month, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL players voiced their anxiety about the coming NFL season.
Wilson introduced Russell on Twitter and told his wife Ciara, who was then pregnant, that he was concerned.
“I am concerned. My wife is pregnant. @NFL Training camp is about to start. And there’s still No Clear Plan on Player Health & Family Safety,” the Seahawks quarterback shared. “We want to play football, but we also want to protect our loved ones #WeWantToPlay.”
“Getting ready to report this week hoping the @NFL will agree with the safe and right protocols so we can feel protected playing the sport we love,” Patrick Mahomes wrote.
“Once again in the interest of keeping everyone (players & fans) as informed as possible, here is an updated list of what we as players know and don’t know as the first group gets set to report to training camp tomorrow,” JJ Watt posted.
On July 28, NFL training camps begin. The 2020 season is set for September 10, with the first round of games scheduled for September 13.