Butler Bulldogs Jalen Thomas Out Indefinitely Due to Blood Clot in the Lungs


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Jalen Thomas, a 6’10 forward-center with the Butler Bulldogs, will be sidelined indefinitely after being diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism, according to the news release.

Thomas spent three years at Georgia State before transferring to Butler prior to the 2022-2023 season. Despite only playing for the Panthers for three years, his 116 career blocks rank him fifth all-time at Georgia State.

On Monday, the Butler Bulldogs announced that Jalen Thomas will miss the beginning of the 2022-23 season due to a pulmonary embolism.

Thomas is currently receiving treatment from the medical team at Butler and specialists located around the Indianapolis area. A full recovery is expected.

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According to Mayo Clinic, a pulmonary embolism is a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in your lungs. In most cases, pulmonary embolism is caused by blood clots that travel to the lungs from deep veins in the legs or, rarely, from veins in other parts of the body (deep vein thrombosis).

From the news release:

Butler senior forward/center Jalen Thomas will miss the beginning of the 2022-23 season due to a pulmonary embolism.

Thomas is under the care of Butler’s medical staff in addition to well-respected specialists in the Indianapolis area.

A full recovery is expected. The pulmonary embolism is being treated with medicine, and Thomas will maintain a non-contact regimen of skill work and conditioning while on the medication.

Thomas will continue to be evaluated and if he continues to progress as expected, he could return to action early in the BIG EAST portion of Butler’s schedule.

Thomas signed with Butler and head coach Thad Matta in May, transferring to the Bulldogs from Georgia State. Thomas left Georgia State ranked No. 5 in program history in career blocks (116) despite only suiting up for the Panthers for three seasons. He has finished among the top five in the Sun Belt Conference in blocks in each of the last three seasons.

The Bulldogs open the 2022-23 season Saturday, Oct. 29, hosting Tiffin in an exhibition contest at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

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