It was a scary summer for Kentucky freshman wide receiver Brian Adams.
The 6-foot-4, 212-pound receiver from Gainesville, Ga., suffered a life-threatening blood clot in his lung and was forced to have a rib removed in July.
Adams said he returned home to Georgia from Lexington over the Fourth of July weekend when he noticed his arm was swollen. Adams said he thought he just strained a biceps from working out, but he then took a trip to the emergency room and was diagnosed with a small blood clot in his right arm.
"I thought, 'No big deal, I'll be back for the start of fall camp,'" Adams said.
But at the urging of UK head trainer Jim Madaleno, Adams got a second opinion. A CT scan revealed that the sub-clavian vein between Adams' rib and collarbone was 100 percent clotted and had gone to his lungs. Adams then had his rib removed. He will redshirt the 2009 season and should be cleared for contact in the spring.
"If I had come back (to Lexington) like I had planned to without going to another doctor and getting a CAT scan, I probably would have died," Adams said. "(Madaleno) telling me to get a second opinion probably saved my life. It's definitely been a crazy summer. You're getting ready to play football and go to college, and then you have a situation where you nearly die."
Johnson responds to rumors
Senior linebacker Micah Johnson was asked by a reporter at media day about Internet rumors surrounding his name in regard to an alleged altercation at a party over the summer.
Said Johnson, "It didn't really bother me. Rumors are always spread. It is what it is, that's why I didn't comment on it because it was a bunch of rumors. It really wasn't anything that needed to be talked about.
"No one wants their name dragged through the dirt, especially if you've worked hard to establish a reputation, but it comes with the territory of being a college football player in this town. But I felt like the people that know me know what type of person I am, so that's why I really didn't stress out about the situation."
Johnson said the incident did remind him of the extra caution he has to take to keep his name out of the paper in a negative light.
"Just another thing I've learned in college," he said. "You've got to watch your footsteps and work extra hard to protect your reputation."
Locke expected back soon
Junior running back Derrick Locke will miss the first three days of fall camp because of a death in the family. UK Coach Rich Brooks said Locke is expected back Sunday.