Nebraska head football coach Scott Frost confirmed to our partners at the Omaha World-Herald that two Husker players were hospitalized last week after an offseason workout.
Frost told the World-Herald that sophomore wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey and senior defensive lineman Dylan Owen went a Lincoln hospital last Tuesday due to rhabdomyolosis.
The condition is due to the death of muscle fibers which then leaks into the bloodstream and can cause serious kidney problems. The two players are back with the team Frost said, after Lindsey spent three days in the hospital and Owen spent two days there.
"I’d never heard of ‘rhabdo’ until a few schools had had it, and my impression was always it happens when you do some crazy military-type workout or you run the kids until they drop. I just didn’t expect it to happen with us," Frost told the World-Herald. "The workout that got them in trouble was a 32- to-36-minute weight workout. All they were doing is lifting. The workout was supposed to be longer than that, but Zach (Duval) cut it down to try and break the kids in, and I think the majority of the team reacted just fine, but there were a couple of kids who reacted poorly to it."
“Anything that happens in this program is my responsibility. And I feel terrible about it," Frost said. "Hopefully we never have to go through this transition again, but we’ll certainly learn from it. It’s important people understand that player safety and well-being is our No. 1 priority. We certainly were concerned about this and we’re really happy the players are in the clear now."