Cleveland Browns rookie Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah denies heart issue

Dec 5, 2020; South Bend, Indiana, USA; Syracuse Orange running back Sean Tucker (34) is tackled by Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (6) in the third quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Concerns about a cardiac irregularity might have caused Cleveland Browns linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah to drop out of the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, but he insisted Friday he’s fully healthy.

The Notre Dame product and college All-American was widely projected as a first-round pick before a heart issue was detected during medical re-checks at the NFL Scouting Combine.

“My heart is 100 percent healthy,” Owusu-Koramoah said via Zoom on Friday before Browns rookie minicamp. “You can see that going through the protocol, going through the tests, going through the EKGs and going through the past MRIs and things like that. It’s not an issue. It’s not something I’m worried about.”

Neither is the Browns medical staff, Owusu-Koramoah said.

“It starts from something that really was based on the combine and some of their testing and what they saw,” he said. “But we have doctors here in the Cleveland Browns that I was just speaking to yesterday in terms of those same (medical) reports that (doctors before) the draft saw. The reports look fine. The EKGs look fine.”

Owusu-Koramoah landed in Cleveland because the Browns traded up seven spots to select him 52nd overall in the middle of the second round.

“We just thought he was one of the more talented prospects in this year’s class,” Browns general manager Andrew Berry said following the draft. “He’s completely healthy. There’s really nothing in his background that would suggest he can’t have a nice, long career.”

–Field Level Media