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Posted at 5:52 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Twelve Iowa football players hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis

By Cindy Boren

Updated at 7:07 p.m.

Twelve University of Iowa football players have been hospitalized in Iowa City for treatment of a kidney condition, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

The players are recovering from rhabdomyolysis, an exercise-induced breakdown of muscle fibers that releases myoglobin into the bloodstream. That would seem to confirm a Facebook entry by freshman linebacker Jim Poggi, who wrote that his urine had turned brown. It's also the same ailment that sidelined Albert Haynesworth briefly during Redskins training camp last summer.

Citing privacy laws, the school declined to give any information other than to say that the players are in stable condition and are responding to treatment at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

"The student-athletes were admitted throughout the course of Monday evening," an unidentified doctor said in a statement released by the university. "All of the individuals are responding well to treatment as of Tuesday morning. All are in safe and stable condition."

There was no information on when the players might be released.

"Coach Kirk Ferentz is out of town recruiting, but he is aware of the situation and is being kept abreast of the progress being made," Gary Barta, Iowa's director of athletics, said in the school-released statement. "Our No. 1 concern is the safety of our student-athletes, so we are pleased with the positive feedback. Our next step is to find out what happened so we can avoid this happening in the future."

By Cindy Boren  | January 25, 2011; 5:52 PM ET
Categories:  College football  
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What the hell? It's January, fer Chrissakes...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | January 25, 2011 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I wonder which supplement(s) those players are taking...

I'm sure we'll never find out the real story, but for 12 players to come down with rhabdo at the same time...that's just a little bit more than 'the trainers worked the players too hard'

Posted by: dillinjah969 | January 25, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

You think some people in the athletic department aren't sweating this one out?

Twelve actually hospitalized. What about the ones who weren't? How many of them were there?

There's scandal written all over this but we'll see some frantic keister covering by the school. Shameful!

Posted by: reporter1 | January 26, 2011 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Don't these teams have strength and conditioning coaches? I thought they were supposed to know something about exercise physiology, in addition to running around shouting "More Reps!" at people.

Posted by: corco02az | January 26, 2011 6:16 AM | Report abuse

Were these athletes taking any supplements containing stimulants prior to the workout - i.e. ADDERAL ? These can cause this problem even with a moderate work out.

Posted by: jjs5018 | January 26, 2011 10:05 PM | Report abuse

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