Ypsilanti – Michigan defensive end Chase Winovich is certain that former teammate Maurice Hurst, diagnosed with an irregular electrocardiogram that held him out of the NFL combine, will be fine regardless of the outcome.
Hurst told the NFL Network that he had a similar situation with his EKG while playing at Michigan and that it had been “all figured out” at that time. He is back in Ann Arbor preparing for pro day March 23 at Michigan.
“I think he’ll be fine,” Winovich said Thursday night before dancing in the ChadTough Foundation fundraiser, Dancing with the Michigan Stars. “He’s pretty lighthearted from what I’ve seen on social media. I know he’s in Ann Arbor, and I’ve been waiting to catch him in the building. He’s been working out there from what I understand. I think he’ll be just fine. If not, he’s a smart kid and … I’m not even bringing that juju on him. I’m sure he’s going to be great.”
Hurst, an All-American and the team’s MVP last season, had been a first-round projection in the NFL draft. In ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay’s latest mock draft, however, Hurst was no longer in his first round.
During the NFL combine, Hurst went through a routine medical exam and was held out of workouts. He did remain in Indianapolis and took part in an information meeting with the NFL Players Association on Saturday.
“It was an irregular EKG. Same thing (happened) at Michigan,” Hurst told the NFL Network. “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.”
A Michigan spokesman told The Detroit News he could not discuss Hurst’s medical tests from Michigan because of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPA), regulations, unless Hurst gives his authorization.
An EKG is a noninvasive test that measures the heart’s electrical activity.
David Chao, a former NFL head team doctor who operates ProFootballDoc.com, wrote in the San Diego Union-Tribune that the irregularity does not mean the end of Hurst’s career.
Chao said medical decisions by NFL doctors are typically conservative.
“No one wants a tragedy,” he wrote in the Union-Tribune. “This ruling does not preclude Hurst from entering the draft or participating at his pro day. This is the result of one examination where doctors have deemed it necessary to have further tests done.
“Typically, abnormalities are discovered by cardiac echo/ultrasound or electrocardiogram. The hope is the additional tests, which can’t be done instantly and sometimes require stress tests, wearing a monitor for one or more days, seeing heart specialists, or more complicated tests will ultimately clear the player. This happens the majority of times.”