Vikings' Cameron Smith needs heart surgery, won't play in 2020
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Minnesota Vikings linebacker Cameron Smith announced Saturday via social media that he requires open-heart surgery to repair a bicuspid aortic valve and won't play in 2020.

Smith said he was born with the issue, but his "severely enlarged" heart - a potentially life-threatening issue - was only discovered after he underwent additional testing following his positive COVID-19 test.

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Earlier this week I found out I need open heart surgery to fix a bicuspid aortic valve that I was born with. Although this will unfortunately end my 2020 season, it is really a blessing that we found this as my heart is severely enlarged and wouldn’t have lasted much longer. I found this out after I tested positive for COVID and had to have further testing done as protocol. The Lord works in mysterious ways, but I could really feel him on this one!🙏🏻 There is a surgery that will allow me to continue to play football as soon as I am healed and cleared and I didn’t think twice about going with that one. By no means am I ready to be done playing football, there is still so much more I want to accomplish on the field. Im going to attack this like everything else I have in life. Already looking forward to the comeback! #SKOL

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"There is a surgery that will allow me to continue to play football as soon as I am healed and cleared and I didn't think twice about going with that one," Smith wrote. "By no means am I ready to be done playing football, there is still so much more I want to accomplish on the field."

The 23-year-old was Minnesota's fifth-round pick out of USC in 2019. Smith appeared in five games for the Vikings in 2019 and registered six tackles.

Minnesota added some depth at linebacker earlier Saturday by signing free agent Quentin Poling.

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