Report: Justin Fields telling NFL teams he's managing epilepsy prior to draft
A report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport indicates that former Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is telling NFL teams that he’s managing epilepsy. The news comes just over a week before the NFL Draft.
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that can cause seizures. Per the report, other family members of Fields have managed and outgrown the medical issue.
“It has not affected football and doctors believe he’ll outgrow it as his other family members have,” Rapoport tweeted. “The prognosis from doctors is that Fields should be in the same situation. Fields’ symptoms have shorter and less frequent over the past few years.”
OSU QB Justin Fields has confirmed to NFL teams during the pre-draft process that he is managing epilepsy – a neurological disorder that can cause seizures, per me and @TomPelissero. It has not affected football & doctors believe he’ll outgrow it as his other family members have.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 21, 2021
Fields was Ohio State’s starting quarterback each of the last two seasons, leading the Buckeyes to a 20-2 record. He was a two-time B1G Offensive Player of the Year, a two-time B1G champion and a Heisman Trophy finalist following the 2019 season.
In two seasons in Columbus, Fields threw for 5,373 yards and 63 touchdowns and rushed for 867 yards and 15 scores. He completed 68.4% of his passes and had just 9 interceptions.
The NFL Draft is scheduled to take place from Thursday, April 29 through Saturday, May 1.