Chiefs’ BJ Thompson Awake After Suffering Seizure and Cardiac Arrest

Kansas City Chiefs DL BJ Thompson is in stable condition after suffering a seizure and going into cardiac arrest on Thursday.

Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman BJ Thompson is “awake and responsive” after suffering a seizure and going into cardiac arrest on Thursday, Thompson’s agent told Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Thompson suffered the seizure during a Chiefs special teams meeting. Kansas City’s medical staff immediately treated him before being transported to a local hospital.

“He had a seizure during the meeting and then eventually went into cardiac arrest,” Chiefs vice president of sports medicine and performance Rick Burkholder said Friday.

“Just as a side note here, the NFL mandates that we do these emergency action plans for every team in the league — home, away, in your practice facilities — and then we’re mandated to practice multiple times a year. Ironically, we practiced on Monday.”

Thompson’s agent, Chris Turnage, told ESPN that doctors were “optimistic” about Thompson’s recovery. NFL Network adds that the Chiefs DT’s “prognosis is good.”

Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker immediately alerted the club’s medical staff after Thompson suffered a seizure, Burkholder said.

Thompson was in cardiac arrest for roughly 60 to 90 seconds. Kansas City’s staff provided CPR and conducted an AED shock.

“(Thompson) was taken to KU Hospital, where he was heavily sedated yesterday through the night, and then they brought him out of the sedation this morning,” Burkholder said. “He was on a ventilator overnight, just so he could breathe because he was so heavily sedated.

“That’s all out. He’s alert, he’s awake, he’s coming through quite well. We don’t have a diagnosis, and in medicine, sometimes you don’t have that. Like I said, he’s awake and alert and he’s headed in the absolute right direction, so all things good in a little bit of a hairy situation.”

The Chiefs canceled the rest of Thursday’s practice, rescheduling yesterday’s session for Friday.

Kansas City selected Thompson in the fifth round of the 2023 NFL Draft. Thompson, 25, played two years at Baylor before transferring to Stephen F. Austin for his final collegiate season.

Thompson was active for one game during his rookie campaign, posting two tackles in the Chiefs’ regular-season finale.

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