Football player cleared by cardiologist after missing time due to COVID-related myocarditis

Tommy Sweeney, a professional football player for the Buffalo Bills, has been cleared by his cardiologist after developing myocarditis during the 2020 campaign and missing much of the season. The myocarditis, Sweeney’s doctors determined, was related to his bout with COVID-19.

Chris Brown, a journalist covering the Bills, reported the update online. He noted that Sweeney has already been working out with the team and is expected to be fully active when training camp begins in July.

When it was first announced in November 2020, Sweeny’s myocarditis diagnosis was seen as a significant development; he was the first NFL player to come down with myocarditis following a COVID-19 diagnosis.

“It's unfortunate, but we know that he's a good football player and we know he's a guy that we believe in and can't wait to get back on the field when we can here,” Sean McDermott, head coach of the Bills, said at the time.