BJ Thompson

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.

Chiefs DE BJ Thompson Suffers Seizure, Cardiac Arrest

JUNE 7, 12:00pm: Thompson is now awake and responsive, per his agent. Pelissero echoes the sentiment that Thompson has a positive prognosis, a welcomed update to this situation.

JUNE 7, 8:58am: An update from Thompson’s agent states (via Pelissero) that he remains unconscious but in stable condition with “good” vital signs. Further developments related to his condition and recovery timeline (about which, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler notes, doctors are “optimistic”) will no doubt be closely monitored around the NFL.

JUNE 6: The Chiefs canceled their scheduled practice Thursday due to a medical emergency, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Teicher. Details on the situation have since emerged.

The incident took place during a special teams meeting with the affected player suffering a seizure and going into cardiac arrest, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. The identity of the player was initially unknown, but both Pelissero and Teicher have since noted it is defensive end BJ Thompson.

Thompson received immediate attention from the Chiefs’ medical staff and he was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. He is in stable condition, per multiple reports. In the wake of that encouraging update, Teicher adds Kansas City will practice tomorrow as the team’s OTAs wrap up.

Thompson was a fifth-rounder of the Chiefs during last year’s draft. He began his college career at Baylor, collecting four sacks in 2018. He then transferred to Stephen F. Austin and spent four years there. The 6-6, 243-pounder earned first-team All-WAC honors in 2021 and ’22 to close out his tenure at the college level.

The 27-year-old made just one appearance during his rookie campaign, the regular season finale. He made a pair of tackles while seeing a rotational defensive role along with time on special teams. Thompson once again has a number of players ahead of him on the depth chart (George Karlaftis, Mike Danna, Charles Omenihu, Felix Anudike-Uzomah), and today’s events will no doubt keep him sidelined for a period of time. Thompson’s recovery process will be worth watching ahead of training camp next month.

NFL Draft Pick Signings: 5/16/23

Here are the latest 2023 draftees to sign their four-year rookie deals:

Atlanta Falcons

Cleveland Browns

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Kansas City Chiefs

New Orleans Saints

The Browns added Tillman to a receiver room that includes Amari Cooper, Donovan Peoples-Jones and trade acquisition Elijah Moore. Peoples-Jones is going into a contract year. Downs joins a Colts team rostering contract-year wideout Michael Pittman Jr. and second-year talent Alec Pierce. The Colts lost Parris Campbell this offseason. Dell will stay in Houston, moving to a Texans team that traded Brandin Cooks to the Cowboys. The Texans did sign Robert Woods and are expected to have 2022 second-round pick John Metchie in uniform after a leukemia diagnosis wiped out his rookie year.

Donovan Smith‘s Chiefs signing looks set to place Morris on the developmental track. Kansas City has now added two free agent tackles — Smith and Jawaan Taylor — who have a combined 12 years of NFL starting experience. The Saints will pair Haener with their higher-profile Fresno State alum, Derek Carr, atop their quarterback depth chart. The team made Haener this draft’s sixth QB selection, at No. 127, and the move began a run on Day 3 QB picks.