Murphy Diagnosed With Enlarged Heart; Addition
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sophomore defensive end Wes Murphy suffers from an enlarged heart and will undergo additional tests next week to determine the cause and prognosis of the ailment, Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt announced on Saturday.
A team physician diagnosed the condition during a routine X-ray procedure earlier this week. Murphy was suffering from some discomfort in his ribs and UA training personnel requested the X-ray as a precautionary measure. Murphy will undergo extensive testing next week at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) facility in Little Rock, Ark.
“The only thing to consider at this point is the long-term health of Wes Murphy,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “I’m pleased that the doctors and our training staff were able to pinpoint his condition so that we could do what is best for him and his family. It would be premature to make a final decision on his future on the football field right now. As with all of our players, his health and well-being are our main priorities. Our prayers will continue to be with Wes and his family.”
Prior to his junior year in high school, the Cuthbert, Ga., native moved to Springdale, Ark., and attended Shiloh Christian. He signed with the Razorbacks in the spring of 2002.
Murphy played in nine games last season as a true freshman earning a total of 10 tackles and one quarterback hurry. He was listed as the top reserve behind Justin Scott at bandit end following spring practice. Coach Nutt and other UA personnel will have no further comments regarding Murphy’s medical situation until the completion of further testing.
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