EAGAN, Minnesota – According to NFL procedures, to move Cam Smith from the Vikings’ active roster to their non-football reserve / injury roster (NFI), the team must first subject him to waivers. If he clears the waivers, he will go back to the Vikings
Smith, a 2019 fifth-round pick, announced on his personal Instagram account this weekend that he would undergo open heart surgery to repair a bicuspid aortic valve. The linebacker was born with an illness that had not been diagnosed until recently.
“While this will unfortunately end my 2020 season, it’s truly a blessing that we’ve found this as my heart is severely enlarged and wouldn’t have lasted any longer,” said Smith. “I found out after testing positive for [COVID-19] and had to do other tests as a protocol. The Lord works in mysterious ways, but I could really feel Him on this one. “
Smith said the operation “will allow me to continue playing football as soon as I am healed and cured,” adding that it was an easy decision to make.
“I am by no means ready to be done playing football, there is still so much more I want to accomplish on the pitch,” he wrote. “I’m going to tackle this like anything else in my life. I’m already looking forward to the return! #SKOL.”