Nebraska wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey and defensive lineman Dylan Owen were hospitalized and treated for rhabdomyolysis after a winter workout and have been released, according to a report from JournalStar.com’s Parker Gabriel.
Rhabdomyolysis can be brought on by extreme exercise. It is characterized by rapid muscle breakdowns and the release of the enzyme myoglobin into the bloodstream. It can result in kidney damage.
Lindsey spent three days in the hospital, and Owen was hospitalized for two. Both have returned to the team, per the report. Three Oregon football players were hospitalized with the condition last winter.
“Anything that happens in our program is ultimately my responsibility,” Huskers coach Scott Frost told Gabriel. “Our strength coach and training room were coordinating to do absolutely the best they could to make sure the transition went smooth, but two kids that exerted themselves too far and had [rhabdomyolysis].”
Frost said the exercise in question was initially supposed to last 40 minutes, but was cut to 32 minutes because of the addition of weights.
“It’s something that we did with our team for two years at UCF. I’m not trying to make an excuse, but I’m always going to be transparent. We had trainers in the weight room during the workout,” Frost told Gabriel.
Lindsey, a freshman, caught 12 passes for 76 yards in 2017. He also saw some work in the running game and returned 1 punt and 1 kickoff. Owen has received limited playing time in his college career.