Latest On Chiefs’ BJ Thompson

BJ Thompson‘s situation continues to point in the right direction. The second-year Chiefs defensive end has been released from the hospital, his agent confirmed (via NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero).

Thompson suffered a seizure last week which caused him to go into cardiac arrest. The 27-year-old was in the team’s facility at the time during a special teams meeting. He received immediate medical attention before being taken to a local hospital. One day after the incident, he was alert and responsive.

Providing further details on the matter, PJ Green of FOX4 Kansas City notes Thompson was in cardiac arrest for less than one minute before one defibrillator shock was administered. After spending last Thursday night on a ventilator, his situation was reported to be on a positive trajectory. Indeed, Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder confirmed (via ESPN’s Adam Teicher) Thompson’s recovery is “headed into the absolute right direction.”

As a rookie, Thompson made just one appearance for Kansas City. The former fifth-rounder took part in the team’s regular season finale, logging a rotational defensive role along with a 59% special teams snap share. A similar workload will likely await him in 2024, presuming he is able to recover in time for the start of the campaign.

Kansas City’s mandatory minicamp takes place from Tuesday to Thursday. That will be followed by a break until training camp begins next month. By that point, all parties involved will be hoping for further good news as it pertains to Thompson’s health.

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