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Report: Multiple Oregon Football Players Hospitalized Following Workouts

Three Oregon football players have been hospitalized following team workouts, per a report this evening.

According to The Oregonian, offensive linemen Doug Brenner and Sam Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick are the three Ducks in the hospital. They were sent there after team workouts last week.

From OregonLive.com:

Offensive linemen Doug Brenner and Sam Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick are in fair condition and remained at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield on Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said. They have been in the hospital since late last week after workouts that occurred during the team's return from holiday break.

Poutasi's mother, Oloka, said that her son complained of very sore arms after the workouts and had been diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a syndrome in which soft muscle tissue is broken down with "leakage into the blood stream of muscle contents," according to the NCAA medical handbook.

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Players this week were required to finish the same workouts, which were described by multiple sources as akin to military basic training, with one including up to an hour of continuous push-ups and up-downs. The sources said that some players "passed out" and others later complained of discolored urine, which is a common symptom of rhabdomyolysis.

This probably isn't how new Oregon coach Willie Taggart wanted to begin his tenure in Eugene.

Rhabdomyolysis, or "Rhabdo" is no joke. It can be life-threatening. In 2014, a former Iowa player sued the school after 13 Hawkeyes were hospitalized with rhabdo following a workout in January 2011.

The condition also affected former Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth in 2010 and six Ohio State women's lacrosse players in March 2012.