Maurice Hurst received some unfortunate news ahead of the NFL combine. The former Michigan defensive tackle and potential first-round pick was diagnosed with a heart condition, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Hurst will not participate in this weekend’s NFL combine in Indianapolis and will get more tests to determine the severity of the diagnosis in the upcoming week. Hurst’s football future is up in the air.
#Michigan DT Maurice Hurst is headed home for a week of testing after doctors revealed a heart condition here in Indy. They don't know for sure, but one compared it to Nick Fairley’s. He was cleared out of college, but not cleared by the #Saints. Unknown for Hurst.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 3, 2018
Current Michigan offensive lineman Grant Newsome knows what it’s like to go through a career-threatening injury. He dislocated his right knee during a game against Wisconsin in the 2016 season, and his leg was nearly amputated, he said. After spending the 2017 season rehabbing, Newsome could defy the odds and play for Michigan in 2018.
Newsome offered some thoughts and warm wishes for Hurst on Saturday after the diagnosis.
“Sometimes horrible things happen to great people,” Hurst wrote on Twitter. “Praying for you brother, but know that you’ll come out ahead no matter what the prognosis is. If football is still an option, any team that passes on Mo will be sorry they did.”
Grant Newsome wishes Maurice Hurst well after diagnosis
Sometimes horrible things happen to great people. Praying for you brother, but know that you’ll come out ahead no matter what the prognosis is. If football is still an option, any team that passes on Mo will be sorry they did. @mohurstjr https://t.co/qmdeaFms5c
— Grant Newsome (@grant_newsome) March 3, 2018
Many Michigan fans likely share Newsome’s feelings toward Hurst.