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Minnesota Vikings' Cameron Smith to have heart surgery

By Sports Desk August 09, 2020

Minnesota Vikings will be without Cameron Smith for the 2020 NFL season after the linebacker revealed he will have heart surgery.

Smith, a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, will undergo open-heart surgery in order to fix a bicuspid aortic valve.

The 23-year-old only discovered he had the condition after he returned a positive result for coronavirus and subsequently underwent further tests.

"Although this will unfortunately end my 2020 season, it is really a blessing that we found this as my heart is severely enlarged and wouldn't have lasted much longer," Smith posted on his official Instagram account.

"I found this out after I tested positive for COVID and had to have further testing done as protocol. 

"There is a surgery that will allow me to continue to play football as soon as I am healed and cleared and I didn't think twice about going with that one.

"By no means am I ready to be done playing football, there is still so much more I want to accomplish on the field. I'm going to attack this like everything else I have in life. Already looking forward to the comeback!"

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