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05:49 PM ET 04.02 | Utah Utes defensive tackle Star Lotulelei watched his stock begin to fall after it was discovered at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine that he was suffering from a heart condition. The doctors at the combine realized Lotulelei's left ventricle was operating at just 44 percent instead of the normal range of 55 to 70 percent. Lotulelei had his heart re-examined after the combine and his ranges were improving. Now, after the latest tests from team physician Dave Petron, Lotulelei's heart function is back to normal and there is "no evidence of dysfunction."

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April 2, 2013  10:07 PM ET

He'll be a top 10 pick now.

April 2, 2013  10:22 PM ET

What's that saying about a 10 foot pole?

April 2, 2013  10:25 PM ET

Named after a stripper?

April 2, 2013  10:53 PM ET

That was easy, just find a new doctor....

April 2, 2013  10:56 PM ET

Should have gone to Dr James Andrews.

Then he'd be able to run faster, jump higher, build freakish strength... and somehow avoid any media suspicion of PED use.

April 3, 2013  06:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Should have gone to Dr James Andrews.Then he'd be able to run faster, jump higher, build freakish strength... and somehow avoid any media suspicion of PED use.

Hey, hey, hey, whoa..... Choose you next words wisely.

April 3, 2013  06:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Hey, hey, hey, whoa..... Choose you next words wisely.

Steroids?

April 3, 2013  07:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Steroids?

Oh.... I thought you were about to say HgH.

April 3, 2013  08:35 AM ET

A future top 10 pick? Damn right you find a doctor who will clear you!

April 3, 2013  09:30 AM ET

And just how do the doctors know that the virus that is suspected of causing this in the first place is gone for good???T Afterall, doctors can't even cure a cold sore so why should this be any different??????

April 3, 2013  12:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

And just how do the doctors know that the virus that is suspected of causing this in the first place is gone for good???T Afterall, doctors can't even cure a cold sore so why should this be any different??????

The body gets rid of a virus by creating antibodies. So the docs can check that. The problem could re-surface if another virus happens - like say, a cold. The important part here is that the heart is pumping blood at appropriate levels. The guy couldn't participate at the combine because his heart wasn't pumping enough, and the docs THERE didn't know if it was a previously undiscovered and permanent problem, or just a transient issue.

And no doc is going to certify the kid with a clean bill of health if there's a chance he might die on the field from the very heart condition the doc said wasn't a problem. That's how docs end up not being docs and very, very, broke.

 
April 3, 2013  01:32 PM ET

I hope this kid makes it!!!

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