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NFL: Keystone graduate C.J. Conrad likely to miss pro day as tests on heart continue

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    Kentucky tight end C.J. Conrad runs with the ball during a game against Louisville on Nov. 24.



C.J. Conrad continues to wait and hope.

After being sent home from the NFL scouting combine last week, the University of Kentucky tight end and Keystone graduate had more tests on his heart this week in Lexington. He still needs further evaluation, his father, Mike, told The Chronicle-Telegram on Thursday.

They won’t have all the results or a full diagnosis for a couple of weeks, so Conrad is unlikely to be cleared in time to participate in the Kentucky pro day March 22.

Because he was denied the opportunity to work out for all 32 NFL teams at the combine in Indianapolis, he was hoping to be ready for the pro day, which will be attended by NFL scouts.

The goal now is to get medical clearance and hold a personal workout for NFL teams.

Conrad (6-foot-4½, 249 pounds) had been projected as a midround pick. In four years at Kentucky, he had 80 catches for 1,015 yards and 12 touchdowns. The scouting report is he catches, runs routes and blocks well, with questions about his athleticism.

“He just wants the opportunity to prove himself,” Mike Conrad said last week.

Conrad had experienced no heart issues before the thorough exams at the combine and had been training in preparation for the important event. The doctors evaluated him for parts of three days before refusing to allow him to participate in the workouts.

A league source told The Chronicle a valve issue appeared to have caused irregularities in the heartbeat.

“They were uncomfortable with something they heard and want further testing done,” Mike Conrad said. “It was a real surprise to all of us. He had not had any issues at all.”

If Conrad is cleared, he would likely return to Indianapolis for a recheck by the NFL doctors before the draft in late April.

Michigan defensive lineman Maurice Hurst was sent home from the combine last year with a heart issue. He was cleared, participated in his pro day and was drafted in the fifth round by the Raiders after a big slide likely caused by the medical condition. He played 13 games as a rookie with 31 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble.

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