Maurice Hurst was unable to participate in drills at the NFL combine because of a heart condition that surfaced when the former Michigan defensive tackle went through a routine physical last weekend.
Hurst disclosed Monday that an irregular EKG ― a test that monitors heart activity ― derailed him at the combine and that he had a similar issue while he was with Michigan but was cleared to play. A potential first-round draft pick, Hurst is hopeful to get cleared again after more testing.
“It was an irregular EKG. Same thing [happened] at Michigan,” Hurst told the NFL Network, according to the Detroit News. “Went through a lot of tests and got that all figured out and was cleared, so hopefully just do the same thing once I get back to school and come back for rechecks.”
Michigan will host its pro day on March 23, and Hurst said he will participate if cleared.
Missing the combine “was a little bit devastating at first but then I just thought about where I’m at and all the stuff that’s gone into being here,” Hurst added. “I was just excited just to be able to meet all these great coaches and players. Unfortunately, the medical stuff didn’t come out clear. But I still got to have the full experience of being at the combine, being around some great players.”
Hurst, a consensus All-American in 2017, had 13.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks last season.