Redshirt junior defensive end Josh Allen didn’t even know that Syracuse medically disqualified him, according to Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey.
In a July 19 press release, the team announced Allen’s status due to a cardiac condition. Allen didn’t find out it was made public until approached by a reporter on Wednesday, per Bailey.
The team’s doctors performed an EKG, which was analyzed by St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center cardiologist Dr. Ronald Caputo, and they found “blood clots (around) my heart,” and the cause of the clotting is unknown, Allen told Syracuse.com.
“Between me, the doctor and the coaches, it never even came up — the DQ,” Allen said, according to Bailey. “It was just, ‘We’re going to see how your heart is doing and go from there.’
“It was never like, ‘You’re done.’ It was more of a, ‘You can’t play this season.'”
Team spokesman Mike Morrison told Bailey that Allen was informed of the disqualification and head team physician Dr. James Tucker made the decision after consulting with Caputo and assistant team physician Dr. Michael Kern.
Syracuse coaches have told Allen they want him to be an undergraduate assistant and that he could still play two seasons for the Orange after receiving a medical redshirt. However, that would depend on receiving clearance from Syracuse’s medical staff.
This is the second peculiar circumstance involving the Orange’s medical staff this summer. The team medically disqualified defensive tackle Steven Clark, but four independent doctors cleared him, per Syracuse.com. Clark transferred to Western Michigan, where he was also cleared to play.