Stroke sidelines Hegarty

Matt Hegarty's non-football medical issue has turned out to be a mini-stroke, the Notre Dame reserve center told the Farmington Daily Times' John Livingston.

Hegarty suffered the the scare Nov. 8 and was shut down for the rest of the season.

“It was pretty scary. I had heard stories about people who have had strokes and it flashed in my mind for a second that I might be having one. But I thought I was 20 and in good health and it couldn’t be a stroke,” he said. “I talked to the trainers and they were keeping an eye out on me, but my symptoms seemed to get better.

“The next day in warmups before practice, it got worse and the team doctor ran some tests and I went to the hospital where they determined I had had a stroke.”

Hegarty, who had the inside track to replace center Braxton Cave before the stroke, will continue to be monitored but hopes to return to action.

Livingston has the full story here.