Cameron Smith, the Minnesota Vikings linebacker, has revealed on Instagram that he will be skipping the 2020 season. Smith, who tested positive for COVID-19, shared that after he was tested, doctors discovered he has a congenital heart disease.

Although Smith has had the condition since birth, it had not been discovered until now. He will be undergoing open-heart surgery to correct it.

On Instagram, Smith shared the news. “Although this will, unfortunately, end my 2020 season, it is really a blessing that we found this as my heart is severely enlarged and wouldn’t have lasted much longer,” he wrote. “By no means am I ready to be done playing football, there is still so much more I want to accomplish on the field. I’m going to attack this life everything else I have in life. Already looking forward to the comeback! #SKOL.”

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Earlier this week I found out I need open heart surgery to fix a bicuspid aortic valve that I was born with. Although this will unfortunately end my 2020 season, it is really a blessing that we found this as my heart is severely enlarged and wouldn’t have lasted much longer. I found this out after I tested positive for COVID and had to have further testing done as protocol. The Lord works in mysterious ways, but I could really feel him on this one!🙏🏻 There is a surgery that will allow me to continue to play football as soon as I am healed and cleared and I didn’t think twice about going with that one. By no means am I ready to be done playing football, there is still so much more I want to accomplish on the field. Im going to attack this like everything else I have in life. Already looking forward to the comeback! #SKOL

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Smith was drafted by the Vikings in the 2019 NFL Draft out of the University of Southern California and played in five games last season. Although this was not part of his plan, after his first post, Smith shared another Instagram message. “I just want to say thank you for all of the support I have received over the last 24 hours,” he said. “It means more than most of you may know…I’ll keep everyone as updated as possible. I’m coming out on the other side stronger than ever.”

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I just want to say thank you to everyone for all of the support I have received over the last 24 hours, it means more to me than most of you may know! I also have realized how many people have been affected in some way by BAV and all of you that reached out to share your stories has given me strength beyond belief! ⁣ ⁣ Bumps in the road are apart of life, but how you attack them is all that really matters. You can coast through and land safely or pin that son of a gun and launch off that bump as if it was only there to put you further ahead.⁣ ⁣ I’m all smiles over here and I wouldn’t be this way with out the lord and my support system! I’ll keep everyone as updated as possible. I’m coming out on the other side stronger than ever🤟🏻

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Smith has now joined a growing list of NFL players to opt-out of the upcoming season.