Buffalo Bills Tight End Tommy Sweeney was diagnosed with serious heart disease following COVID, according to head coach Sean McDermott. The 25-year-old – who was drafted by Bills in 2019 – was initially put on the COVID results list on October 24 … but his health deteriorated.
Coach McDermott says Sweeney was being tested by a cardiologist, per NFL protocol, when he was diagnosed with myocarditis… which is basically inflammation of the heart. According to the Mayo Clinic … “Severe myocarditis weakens your heart so that the rest of your body does not get enough blood. Clots can form in your heart, resulting in a stroke or heart attack. “ Yes, it is serious – but the Mayo Clinic notes, “Early diagnosis is essential to prevent long-term heart damage.” The diagnosis means Sweeney will miss the remainder of the 2020 NFL season – but the Bills are confident he can recover and return to tea in 2021. McDermott says he understands Sweeney’s condition is linked to COVID. He also notes that Sweeney appears in a “good mood”. It has been a difficult year for Sweeney, who suffered a foot injury in July and was hoping to work his way into some playing time in the second half of the 2020 season. “It’s unfortunate,” McDermott said… “but he’s a good football player and we know he’s a guy we believe in and we can’t wait to get him back on the pitch when we can. “