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Chiefs player goes into cardiac arrest, in stable condition, per report; team cancels all activities

The Kansas City Chiefs were forced to postpone practice on Thursday after a medical emergency that occurred at the facility, the team announced

The Chiefs didn’t offer very many details on the situation, but according to NFL Media, a player — defensive lineman BJ Thompson  — had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance after he went into cardiac arrest after suffering a seizure during a special teams meeting. According to multiple reports, the Chiefs’ medical staff responded to the situation immediately and Thompson is now in stable condition at the hospital. 

The Chiefs were set to hold their final offseason training activity (OTA) of the week after practicing on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Due to the situation, the Chiefs canceled all team activities scheduled for Thursday and they postponed a Thursday media session until Friday. 

Thompson is the Chiefs’ 2023 fifth-round pick out of Stephen F. Austin, and appeared in one game in his rookie season.  

The Chiefs will be back on the field for next week for their mandatory minicamp, which runs June 11-13. After minicamp, the team will be off until training camp starts in late July. 

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Author: John Breech
June 6, 2024 | 12:50 pm

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