Suspected blood clot could sideline NU freshman for season

Updated: August 15, 2003, 11:38 AM ET

LINCOLN, Neb. -- The high school coach of Nebraska offensive tackle Ryan Schuler said the true freshman likely will redshirt this season because of a recurrence of a blood clot in his leg, the Lincoln Journal Star reported in its Friday editions.

Nebraska coach Frank Solich would not address Schuler's health condition Thursday, other than to say Schuler has missed at least three practices. Solich said he would not discuss the matter further until he had gathered more information.

Schuler is a native of Sioux Falls, S.D. Kim Nelson, coach at Sioux Falls Washington High School, told the Journal Star that he spoke with Schuler on Wednesday, and Schuler told him he might have another blood clot in his leg. Nelson didn't know whether Schuler had been hospitalized.

Doctors first discovered Schuler had a blood clot in December, when Schuler felt discomfort around his knee while lifting weights.

"We were trying to figure out if there was an injury that caused it or if he bumped it sometime," Nelson said. "We don't know the original cause."

Schuler sat out the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January and missed his senior year of basketball because of the blood clot.

"The first time he had one, it was a rather large one," Nelson said. "My understanding is this one wasn't as bad. I think they just found traces of a blood clot.

"I hate to speculate, but if it's a heredity thing or something that doesn't go away, that's bad news."

This isn't the first time a Nebraska football player has battled blood clots.

Tommie Frazier missed eight games after doctors found a blood clot behind his right knee in 1994.

Frazier returned for the final game that season -- an Orange Bowl victory over Miami that sealed a national championship for Nebraska. He returned the following year and played in all 12 games.

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