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Cameron Smith, a linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings, has announced his retirement one year after undergoing open heart surgery.

Cameron Smith, a reserve linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings, has “taken the heartbreaking decision to retire from the NFL,” he said on Instagram on Wednesday night. Smith had open heart surgery last year.
Last August, Smith, 24, had surgery to treat an enlarged heart after a false positive COVID-19 test revealed a genetic abnormality.
He was set to return in 2021 after missing the 2020 season.
Smith got a few snaps in Minnesota’s preseason opener on Saturday before leaving with a concussion in the second quarter.
“Football has been such a huge part of my life for the past 18 years,” Smith wrote in the post.
“It has given me innumerable friendships, great memories, and priceless lessons that I will remember for the rest of my life.”
Last year, when I had open heart surgery, I struggled a lot with what I was asking my body to do in order to play this incredible game.
Finally, I’ve determined that I’ve been asking too much of it.
“I have made the painful choice to retire from the NFL after great consideration and extensive discussion with my friends and family.”
“I know this change will be difficult, but I am thrilled to approach this next chapter of my life with the same passion and determination as I did football,” Smith wrote in his post. Smith was drafted by the Vikings in the fifth round out of USC in 2019.

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Cameron Smith, a linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings, has announced his retirement one year after undergoing open heart surgery.

Cameron Smith, a reserve linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings, has “taken the heartbreaking decision to retire from the NFL,” he said on Instagram on Wednesday night. Smith had open heart surgery last year.
Last August, Smith, 24, had surgery to treat an enlarged heart after a false positive COVID-19 test revealed a genetic abnormality.
He was set to return in 2021 after missing the 2020 season.
Smith got a few snaps in Minnesota’s preseason opener on Saturday before leaving with a concussion in the second quarter.
“Football has been such a huge part of my life for the past 18 years,” Smith wrote in the post.
“It has given me innumerable friendships, great memories, and priceless lessons that I will remember for the rest of my life.”
Last year, when I had open heart surgery, I struggled a lot with what I was asking my body to do in order to play this incredible game.
Finally, I’ve determined that I’ve been asking too much of it.
“I have made the painful choice to retire from the NFL after great consideration and extensive discussion with my friends and family.”
“I know this change will be difficult, but I am thrilled to approach this next chapter of my life with the same passion and determination as I did football,” Smith wrote in his post. Smith was drafted by the Vikings in the fifth round out of USC in 2019.

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Five of the most exciting NFL training camp matchups

The preseason has arrived, and NFL training camps are in full swing.
Gamers are vying for jobs and engaging in tense position wars.
So, which of the training camp bouts are the most intriguing?
Let’s take a closer look.
Ravens’ clown car of receivers This season, one of the most intensely contested camp fights in the NFL will take place in Baltimore.
There will be 11 wide receivers battling for a spot on the 53-man roster, and only a couple of them can be called locks.
The only sure things were Marquise Brown and first-round rookie Rashod Bateman.
Bateman, on the other hand, may start the season on injured reserve.
Sammy Watkins and Devin Duvernay are expected to keep their spots, but fourth-round rookie Tylan Wallace, James Proche, Miles Boykin, Deon Cain, and others are all in the mix.
It’s anyone’s guess how things will pan out from WR3 onwards.
That is what adds to the battle’s excitement and intrigue.
The Ravens realize they need a strong cast of playmakers to back up quarterback Lamar Jackson, so this is almost like an open tryout.

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As training camps get underway, the NFL is doubling down on immunizations.

When NFL training camps open for the season, two things are becoming abundantly clear: league officials are committed to playing — and finishing — on time.
The first is that, while COVID-19 vaccinations are quite successful, they are not without flaws.
It was evident Monday, when Indianapolis disclosed that despite being properly vaccinated, coach Frank Reich had tested positive for the virus.
The second point to consider is that players who refuse to get vaccinated have a slim chance of playing a complete season of football this autumn.
The NFL is tough on immunizations, much to the chagrin of a few players who can’t seem to grasp that vaccines are overwhelmingly beneficial.
If players arrive at camp without their shots, they may expect a lot of testing, hefty fines, and a lot more if they develop COVID-19 cases that cause the season to be disrupted.
They also run the risk of being shunned by their teammates, who believe that having their vaccinations demonstrated a better understanding of how vaccines and big business function.
It’s debatable whether this is sufficient to bring all players to their senses.
Some have voiced their displeasure on social media, such Buffalo receiver Cole Beasley, who said last month that he would retire rather than get the vaccine.
Two assistant coaches have reportedly lost their jobs as a result of their refusal to be vaccinated.
Nonetheless, four out of every five NFL players have received at least one dosage of the vaccination as of the end of last week.
As camps open and gamers discover that the vaccination is not their enemy, that number should rise — and rise quickly.
Because, honestly, what do you have to be afraid of?
Vaccines have been given to tens of millions of individuals with few, if any, negative effects, and the vaccines are universally regarded as both safe and efficient.
Not to mention the fact that these are athletes who take a chance on their long-term health every time they take the field.
They have little to worry from a small side effect or two from a injection if they can risk having their brains scrambled and getting CTE from playing football.
You don’t want to get vaccinated in order to play?
Instead of wearing a helmet, why not just play without one?
To be clear, the NFL does not mandate that players be vaccinated.
They can choose whether or not to get their vaccinations, as long as they are willing to live with the consequences.
The league, on the other hand, is making it so tough to play the upcoming season without being vaccinated that the list of criteria and penalties for those who aren’t vaccinated has become a de facto mandate.
It isn’t always a terrible thing.
While the majority of Americans are getting vaccinated, those who refuse are increasing infection and hospitalization rates, prolonging a pandemic that has already lasted far too long.
And, in the end, the NFL is a $16 billion a year enterprise.
It can take measures it believes essential to protect that cash flow, subject to specific limitations stated forth in the contract with its players union.
The league isn’t the only one.
California and New York City also announced proposals on Monday to compel employees to be vaccinated or tested weekly.
Companies all throughout the country are following suit.
Sure, anti-vaxxers are enraged and vocal.
It’s difficult to ignore them, even if their teachings are frequently conflicting and illogical.
They have no right, however, to jeopardize the health – and livelihood – of those who follow the science and do the right thing.
This is especially true in the NFL, where players and coaches share locker rooms and on-field interaction is not just allowed but encouraged.
The number of NFL players who have received at least one shot is substantially higher than the general population, according to Allen Sills, the league’s senior medical officer.
Once the camps begin, he predicts that vaccinations will rise.
“There’s been a lot of activity there,” Sills remarked.
“As additional players arrive at training camp, more players will begin that procedure,” the players have been officially reminded.
The consequences for interfering with the season have been established.
And, by now, those who haven’t been vaccinated should realize how serious the league is about vaccines.
___ Tim Dahlberg is an Associated Press national sports columnist.
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