Curtis Samuel was a dynamic playmaker at Ohio State, before being a second-round pick by the Carolina Panthers. Injuries and health issues have slowed the early portion of his NFL career though.
Last season, he played in nine games, missing the end of the season due to an ankle injury that required surgery.
He finished with 15 catches for 115 yards, and four rushes for 64 yards for the Panthers.
This afternoon, Ian Rapoport reported that Curtis Samuel had a “small procedure” to fix an irregular heartbeat.
Obviously any procedure involving the heart is enough to give fans a scare.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 4, 2018
David J. Chao, who goes as the Pro Football Doc on Twitter and writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune, says this is not anything to be concerned about.
Chao, who had nearly two decades as a team doctor, says that the procedure that Samuel underwent is pretty minor and he should make a full recovery.
No question the situation was treated seriously, but this probably will be a blip on the screen for Curtis Samuel and the Panthers.
I have not examined Samuel nor seen his EKG, but this almost certainly was not anything life-threatening or even significant in terms of threatening his career.
This is typically a minor outpatient cardiac procedure in which a cannula (small tube) is inserted into the vessels.
It does certainly seem likely Samuel will miss the Panthers’ season opener, but an absence beyond that should not be anticipated.
As Rapoport says, the Panthers open against the Dallas Cowboys at home. There are very high expectations for second-year running back Christian McCaffrey, the team’s 2017 first-round pick, but Samuel could also develop into a huge weapon for Cam Newton and company.
In his last year at Ohio State, the do-it-all Samuel picked up 1,636 total yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns, with a strong balance between rushing and receiving. He was a First Team All-American.