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No medical re-check needed for Star Lotulelei

Star Lotulelei, Keith Price AP

The NFL is apparently satisfied with the recent reports about the health of Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei.

According to the NFL Network’s Gil Brandt, Lotulelei will not be required to go in for a medical re-check. When players don’t complete or pass their physicals at the Combine (as Lotulelei didn’t), they’re often called back to complete one later, but if they’re not asking him to, the concern over his heart condition must not be great.

That’s an extension of the good news the team doctor at Utah was giving out the other day, which was distributed to all 32 teams. That report pointed to a short-term issue such as a virus instead of a problem with the heart itself.

If he’s cleared medically (and teams will likely still want to take their own looks), he’s a top half of the first round player, who Brandt said was now in his top 14 players, with eight visits scheduled.

That’s where the defensive tackle-needy Panthers are picking, and that might be the floor for Lotulelei, though the ceiling is likely higher.

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13 Responses to “No medical re-check needed for Star Lotulelei”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 4, 2013 6:16 PM

    It’s just his heart.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 4, 2013 6:17 PM

    Next check will be at the post mortem.

  3. Iknoweverything says: Apr 4, 2013 6:28 PM

    The man was a top 5 pick going into the combine. Now, even though everything is fine and a false alarm has been declared, he all of a sudden is top 14 material??

    If he drops out of the top 8, some team is gonna get tremendous value.

  4. dalucks says: Apr 4, 2013 6:35 PM

    He is easily and clearly the best player in this draft. I am glad to hear his health is good. I wish him much success in the NFL.

  5. remyje says: Apr 4, 2013 6:41 PM

    Lotulelei means “good hearted.” not your actual heart but it’s still funny to me…lol… I’m lame, I know..

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 4, 2013 6:49 PM

    Star dropped in the rankings because the scouts detected some half hearted efforts.

  7. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 4, 2013 7:08 PM

    6 rings

  8. oldbyrd says: Apr 4, 2013 7:17 PM

    I would be thrilled if The Eagles took him. He has to be double teamed on every play and ate a top lineman (center) in a recent college game.

  9. ukraiders says: Apr 4, 2013 8:07 PM

    I want him at 3 over Floyd

  10. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 4, 2013 8:11 PM

    The “floor” for Lotulolei is lying on the floor of the bathroom clutching his chest.

  11. butkus54 says: Apr 4, 2013 8:54 PM

    @thegreatgabbert
    I don’t care what name you post under , whether it’s thegreatgabbert, babyhorsemorgan or whatever, your posts are not nearly as clever as you think and these ones confirm that.

  12. mjkelly77 says: Apr 4, 2013 11:02 PM

    Still a top 5 pick.

  13. jiveturkeygobbler says: Apr 4, 2013 11:25 PM

    No matter how many rings the Steelers have, they will always suck.

    Star is a beast, and teams would be foolish to not grab him.

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