There seems to be some confusion over the condition of Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei’s heart after he left the NFL Scouting Combine.
Last weekend, it was reported that he had a heart condition. Late Monday, USA Today countered that the heart condition may have been a product of over-conditioning by Lotulelei. After he left the combine, he was told to keep working out on his own, according to a person with knowledge of the doctors’ diagnosis.
The person said it’s hoped that it’s not a heart condition but rather dehydration, too much sodium in his diet or rapid weight loss in a short timeframe that prompted tests to reveal his heart wasn’t pumping at full capacity. Lotulelei dropped almost 10 pounds in three days recently, in part because of the hectic schedule of traveling to the combine and the long days in Indianapolis.
It also was revealed that Lotulelei did not fail his physical; he was given an incomplete grade on it.
Lotulelei did not fail his physical but rather was given an incomplete designation pending the consultation with the specialist, the person said, adding it was Lotulelei’s decision to withdraw from drills after hearing the doctors’ recommendation that he sit them out.
Lotulelei’s agent, Bruce Tollner, said in a statement Sunday that his client will visit a specialist later this week and is expected to participate in every drill at his pro day March 20. Tollner said Lotulelei will continue to interview with teams in Indianapolis.
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor