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Report: Lotulelei cleared to continue working out

Star Lotulelei, Keith Price AP

On Sunday, word broke that Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei would return home for more medical tests after doctors didn’t like the results of his heart exam at the combine in Indianapolis.

It’s scary to hear anything less than an ideal result when the heart is involved, but Lotulelei’s case may not be as serious as initially feared. Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that Lotulelei has been given the green light to work out back in Utah and doctors are hopeful that the reason for the abnormal results of his exam are because of other factors.

Per Garafolo, the hope is that “dehydration, too much sodium in his diet or rapid weight loss in a short timeframe” was to blame for his left ventricle working less efficiently than they’d like. Lotulelei dropped 10 pounds in three days recently, something that could have altered the results.

Lotulelei will see a specialist later this week and still plans to do all the drills at a March 20 pro day in Utah. Garafolo points out that current Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander was also pulled out of drills at the combine last year before getting clearance from a specialist a short time later.

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17 Responses to “Report: Lotulelei cleared to continue working out”
  1. tooz72 says: Feb 25, 2013 1:08 PM

    best of luck to this kid..what a tremendous talent

  2. Cereal says: Feb 25, 2013 1:09 PM

    Typical fat guy stuff, he’s fine

  3. Giantspunk213 says: Feb 25, 2013 1:16 PM

    That’s great to hear, anytime you hear something is wrong with your ticker it’s never good, glad it isn’t too serious.

  4. yungbull2012 says: Feb 25, 2013 1:19 PM

    Who the hell is this guy’s trainer?? Who would advise him to drop 10lbs in 10 days??!

  5. chawk12thman says: Feb 25, 2013 1:19 PM

    Good news…….Hope it doesn’t resurface.

  6. romoscollarbone says: Feb 25, 2013 1:22 PM

    Excellent news. Where are all the jokers from yesterday, that were predicting his demise?

    Good luck kid.

  7. jwreck says: Feb 25, 2013 1:25 PM

    Wait that can’t be possible. Yesterday I said he’d be fine and would remain the no. 2 overall pick in the draft; and at least three medical experts and heart surgeons commented back to let me know I had no idea what I was talking about, and that not only was his career over; but he’d be dead within 14 hours.

    I’ve never spent one day in med school, while these guys have spent eight years: how can they possibly know less than I do?

  8. baymac408 says: Feb 25, 2013 1:26 PM

    I wish some how some way this guy fell to the #31 pick…. Lol not gonna happen.. This dude is a beast not quite but somewhat reminds of haloti ngata.. Beast

  9. mungman69 says: Feb 25, 2013 1:45 PM

    Still gotta keep an eye on that heart.

  10. j4man1 says: Feb 25, 2013 1:54 PM

    yungbull, it was 10lbs in THREE days, that would make my heart say “Whoa, what the hell you doing?”

  11. tyler4richardson says: Feb 25, 2013 1:57 PM

    I would really like to know if this is a newly formed issue. Because if it isn’t and he’s been like this for years, how the heck did Utah ever allow his foot on a field without at least diagnosing the fact he has a heart issue?

  12. justwannawinna says: Feb 25, 2013 2:13 PM

    Best qishes to this guy a beast of a Defensive linemen. Hope he just had some abnormal results which are acute.

  13. jwreck says: Feb 25, 2013 2:15 PM

    baymac408 says: Feb 25, 2013 1:26 PM

    I wish some how some way this guy fell to the #31 pickā€¦. Lol not gonna happen.. This dude is a beast not quite but somewhat reminds of haloti ngata.. Beast
    ________
    It’s holding him to a very high standard, but if anyone has the ability to surpass Ngata, it’s Lotulelei. If the Jaguars don’t take him at 2, they’re making a huge mistake.

  14. spikeit2times says: Feb 25, 2013 2:41 PM

    I swear I’ve dropped 10lbs in one bathroom break … on more than one occasion. lol

    But seriously – I do hope it was nothing more than a temporary reaction to a change in diet.

  15. tedstheman says: Feb 25, 2013 2:45 PM

    That report is BS. Star just left Indy a little while ago

  16. mike bonserio says: Feb 25, 2013 3:52 PM

    very talented player. hope this makes him fall to the 19th pick to the giants.

  17. phillyphan72 says: Feb 26, 2013 6:59 AM

    Good news and if the Birds don’t get Jockel I hope they grab this guy

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