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Hurricanes cornerback Al Blades Jr. out for season with myocarditis

Son of former Hurricanes safety 'looking forward to returning' in 2021
Miami Hurricanes cornerback Al Blades holds 'It's Not Fake' sign in 2019
Posted at 9:10 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 21:17:44-05

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Miami Hurricanes cornerback Al Blades Jr. will miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with myocarditis.

"As of last week, I was going through COVID protocols when doctors had some concerns about my bloodwork," Blades wrote in a Twitter post Tuesday. "After undergoing an MRI on my heart, I have been diagnosed with myocarditis. This will cause me to be out for a minimum of three months."

Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle and a potential complication caused by the coronavirus.

"It hurts to not to be out there with my brothers, but I will always be a Hurricane," Blades wrote. "I'm looking forward to returning to the field in 2021."

The junior from Fort Lauderdale is the son of Hurricanes safety Al Blades, who died in a 2003 crash.

Blades Jr. has two interceptions, seven pass breakups and 29 tackles for the No. 9 Hurricanes (8-1, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 10 College Football Playoff) this season.

Miami has a pair of home games against North Carolina and Georgia Tech remaining in the regular season.