Ryan Day once again defends Justin Fields, this time regarding reports of epilepsy
Justin Fields continues to be one of the hotly discussed players leading up to the NFL Draft with yet another report surfacing Wednesday afternoon.
First, it was reported that teams were concerned about Fields’ work ethic or his inability to work past his first read. Teammates such as Wyatt Davis and head coach Ryan Day time and again have defended and stood up for Fields in the midst of those reports, and yet another similar situation played out in the middle of the week.
A report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport on Wednesday indicated that Fields has communicated to teams that he is managing epilepsy. Epilepsy is a condition that can cause seizures, but Rapoport’s report also said doctors anticipate Fields will be able to outgrow the condition down the road.
Wednesday evening, Ryan Day once again went to bat for his star QB, praising Fields’ work ethic, overall health, and durability in a statement on Twitter:
“The fact that (Fields) never missed a game at Ohio State speaks volumes about how he takes care of himself,” wrote Day.
Justin’s health, toughness and work ethic have never been an issue and I am incredibly proud of his professionalism and the character he displays on and off the field. The fact that he never missed a game at Ohio State speaks volumes about how he takes care of himself.
— Ryan Day (@ryandaytime) April 21, 2021
On the one hand, epilepsy is certainly a condition NFL teams will want to know about before drafting a player. On the other, Fields never missed any time in two seasons at Ohio State due to the condition.
Either way, it is yet another report surrounding Fields leading up to the draft that is just over a week away. It will be interesting to see if all these reports lead to a draft-day slide for Fields or if they were all a lot of smoke over nothing.