SANDY — Jordan High will be without its highly recruited two-sport athlete Colton Shaver, possibly for the entire 2013 season, after a blood clot was discovered near his collarbone.
Shaver was transported to the hospital after his arm began swelling at practice Saturday. Medical personnel discovered that a rib was compressing a vein by his collarbone.
“My first rib is smaller in diameter than most people, so it compresses against my collarbone and the vein, which caused it clot,” Shaver explained. “ Each time I put my arm over my head to throw a ball or hit, it blocks off my vein.”
Doctors were able to clear the clot, but preventive surgery is needed to remove the rib.
“It happens to athletes when they’re doing stuff over head. It’s a pretty serious deal or it’ll keep happening,” Jordan coach Eric Kjar said. “It was really scary; his arm was huge on Saturday. It was really swollen and tight, so our trainer looked at it and sent him to the hospital.”
Shaver is generating high interest from Arizona State, Boise State, Missouri, Nebraska, Northern Arizona, Oregon, Stanford, USC, Utah and Utah State in football. He recorded 86 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions during Jordan’s state championship run last year.
There is a slim possibility Shaver could return by the end of the season.
“As soon as (the doctor) said I might be back by the end of the season I was pretty relieved, but I was pretty upset at the same time because it’s my senior year,” Shaver said. “I was excited to play — it was disappointing. I was also kind of in shock. I didn’t expect that to be the issue. It was out of nowhere."
Shaver's main sport, however, is baseball, which he’ll play at the next level. He was the only underclassman named to the Deseret News 5A all-state team in 2012 after batting .542 with nine home runs and eight doubles while securing a 6-1 record on the mound.
“It shouldn’t affect my future too much,” Shaver said. “The doctors said it shouldn’t affect my baseball future at all. I should be good to go. The clot will be gone and it (removing the rib) will give it room so that my veins will be able to flow freely.”
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