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Rhabdo Headaches Persist for Player, Iowa

Paul Steinbach

Earlier this week, University of Iowa senior defensive back Willie Lowe revealed that he's still experiencing symptoms of rhabdomyolysis, the rare muscle condition brought on by extreme exertion that landed Lowe and 12 teammates in the hospital after a workout in January.

Lowe told ESPN.com's Joe Schad on Tuesday that his weight is still down by 20 pounds and that he has headaches every few days. Lowe is not sure he'll be able to play football again, but he has requested and received a release from Iowa that will allow him to transfer out of the Hawkeye program if he chooses. As of this writing, it appeared as though he was still undecided about his future.

Meanwhile, the rhabdo headaches persist for Iowa. KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids reported this morning that athletic director Gary Barta and university president Sally Mason are looking into how the school and the athletic department handled and communicated the situation. Head football coach Kirk Ferentz, who contends that the same workout has been conducted in the past without incident, was criticized at the time of the player hospitlizations for not immediately returning from a recruiting trip.

A separate internal investigation completed last month cleared all players, coaches and trainers from any wrongdoing.

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