College Football

Canes’ Blades has myocarditis, done for season

Miami Hurricanes starting safety Al Blades Jr. announced Tuesday he will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with myocarditis.

In a Twitter post, Blades wrote, “As of last week, I was going through COVID protocols when doctors had some concerns about my bloodwork. After undergoing an MRI on my heart, I have been diagnosed with myocarditis. This will cause me to be out for a minimum of three months. It hurts not to be out there with my brothers, but I will always be a Hurricane. I’m looking forward to returning to the field in 2021.”

Myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart, has been linked to COVID-19.

Miami paused football activities last month as a result of coronavirus issues. Blades did not play in Saturday’s win at Duke, in what was Miami’s first game since Nov. 21.

The Hurricanes play North Carolina on Saturday.


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