DaJohn Harris OK after Combine exam showed a hole in his heart


Former USC defensive tackle DaJohn Harris went to the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and went through the medical examination, but he didn’t work out. At USC’s pro day on Wednesday, Harris explained why: The medicals revealed that he had a hole in his heart, and doctors told him not to work out until he could undergo further testing.

But Harris said that after being examined by a cardiologist, he was told that his condition, patent foramen ovale, will not prevent him from playing in the NFL. He said his cardiologist has e-mailed all 32 NFL teams to say that it’s safe for him to play.

So Harris went through a full workout at USC’s pro day and said afterward that he thinks he showed off the athleticism that he wanted to show off in Indianapolis.

This is my Combine,” Harris told ESPNLosAngeles.com. “I got to talk to teams but I didn’t get to do anything else, so this is my Combine.”

Harris said he’s been told that NFL teams view him as a mid-round pick.

“I hope they realize that I’m fine,” Harris said. “I’ve never had a problem with this before.”

Harris was a two-year starter at USC who drew attention as one of the most impressive players in East-West Shrine Game practices.