Sam Hartman is officially back.
BREAKING: Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman has been cleared to play and will start Saturday at Vanderbilt.— Les Johns (@Les_Johns) September 6, 2022
Has been out indefinitely with a medical condition since Aug. 10.
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The redshirt junior was cleared by the medical staff at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist and is already back at QB1 on the Wake Forest depth chart.
You can read the full release from Wake Forest here, but here’s the quick rundown on Hartman’s recovery:
- Hartman had a condition called Paget-Schroetter syndrome, or effort thrombosis, which basically means he had a blood clot in the subclavian vein.
- In what is some incredibly good fortune, the CEO of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist and Dean of Wake Forest Medical School, Julie A. Freischlag, happens to be one of the world’s experts on Paget-Schroetter syndrome. Freischlag performed surgery to remove the clot and expand the vein.
- The cause of the clot is suspected to be a result of the previous infection that caused Hartman to need surgery in high school
- Hartman went on blood thinners to ensure no more clots formed. After an ultrasound on Friday showed no new clots and healthy blood flow, Hartman was taken off blood thinners and cleared to resume football activities.
Having Hartman back after missing just 1 game is massive for the Deacs this season. After Week 1, the Atlantic Division looks completely wide open yet again, so having one of the best quarterbacks in the nation back under center definitely pushes Wake back into the conversation for making a run to the ACC Championship Game. The staff at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist should be commended for their incredible job getting Hartman healthy and clear to play football again in under a month. This is just fantastic news and I’m excited to see a healthy Sam Hartman suited up for the Deacs again this weekend.