Vikings LB Cameron Smith needs heart surgery, will miss season

NEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA- AUGUST 09 Cameron Smith #59 of the Minnesota Vikings during a preseason game at the Mercedes Benz Superdome

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Former USC linebacker Cameron Smith announced Saturday that he has an enlarged heart that will require open heart surgery and force him to miss the 2020 season with the Minnesota Vikings.

"I found out I need open heart surgery to fix a bicuspid aortic valve that I was born with", Smith posted on Instagram. Although this will unfortunately end my 2020 season, it is really a blessing that we found this as my heart is severely enlarged and wouldn't have lasted much longer.

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Smith was a four-year starter at USC before his National Football League career, racking up 354 tackles for the Trojans and earning All-Pac-12 honors in three seasons.

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The second-year linebacker added that he's elected to undergo a procedure that will allow him to resume playing football once he heals and is cleared. "I didn't think twice about going with that one". There is still so much more I want to accomplish on the field. Im going to attack this like everything else I have in life. He was waived on August 31, and was signed to the practice squad the next day. He was promoted back to the active roster on November 26.

The 25-year-old provides the Vikings with linebacking depth with Ben Gedeon on the physically-unable-to-perform list. He was an undrafted free agent out of OR in 2019 and appeared on four National Football League rosters last season.

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