Miller not one of 13 Hawkeyes hospitalized with muscle disorder
KALONA — Contrary to reports from ESPN and The Associated Press, Iowa freshman defensive back Tanner Miller is not one of 13 Hawkeye football players who were hospitalized this week with rhabdomyolysis, a stress-induced muscle disorder that can damage cells and cause kidney damage.
Miller, a 2010 graduate of Mid-Prairie High School, had written on his Facebook page that he had a “night in the hospital … couldn’t be a worse day.” That comment, which Miller has since removed, was lifted and quoted in reports by ESPN and The Associated Press.
However, Miller’s father, Brian, said this morning that the freshman defensive back was hospitalized last Thursday night due to complications with a shoulder surgery.
“He unfortunately put that on his Facebook that he’d been in the hospital, but it had nothing to do with what’s going on up there right now,” Brian said. “He’s fine. I’ve had calls from The Associated Press and The Des Moines Register, and I told him to quit putting stuff on his Facebook.”
Tanner Miller had arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder three weeks ago to repair a torn labrum. Brian Miller said the injury was nothing serious, and something he played through this season. Because of the surgery, Tanner Miller has been unable to participate in the off-season workouts that may have led to the hospitalization of the 13 Hawkeyes.
“He’s just been riding the bike and doing some stuff for his legs,” Brian Miller said. “He’s not even part of those workouts yet.”
Tanner Miller played in eight games this season as a true freshman, recording seven tackles. He made three tackles while filling in for injured free safety Brett Greenwood in Iowa’s Insight Bowl win over Missouri.