Offensive linesman Garrett Scott #76 of the Marshall Thundering Herd kisses the trophy after defeating the Maryland Terrapins 31-20 to win the 2013 Military Bowl at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on December 27, 2013 in Annapolis, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - The Seattle Seahawks announced Friday they have waived sixth-round draft pick T Garrett Scott due to a rare heart condition that was discovered during his physical with the team.
Scott was selected by Seattle with the No. 199 overall pick in the NFL draft two weeks ago. However, he did not participate in the team's mini-camp last weekend as he was unable to pass a physical.
That examination revealed the heart condition that will keep Scott from playing football for the foreseeable future.
"After undergoing an extensive physical with our medical staff last week, Garrett's examination revealed a rare heart condition that will prevent him from any on-field participation in the near future," general manager John Schneider said in a statement.
"We think highly of Garrett as a person and as a football player. The team is committed to supporting Garrett in the months to come and will continue to help him determine his next steps."
Despite the condition, the Seahawks still signed Scott to his rookie contract on Thursday. A league source confirmed that the team still gave Scott his full signing bonus for the draft slot despite the heart condition.
The statement from Schneider doesn't appear to completely rule out Scott playing at some point in the future. If the ailment is correctable, Scott may have an avenue to play for the team down the line, though it appears unlikely at the moment.
If Scott clears waivers, he will revert to the team's injured reserve list. His contract would pay him $303,000 for the year plus his signing bonus. While his signing bonus is unknown, last year's 199th overall pick, RB Theo Riddick of the the Detroit Lions, received a $91,000 signing bonus. Scott's figure is likely similar.
The plan for Scott is for treatment and rest to see if it can correct the issue.
The Seahawks saw Scott as a possible fit at left tackle for the team. Undrafted free agent T Garry Gilliam took the snaps at left tackle during the rookie mini-camp last weekend and received praise for his play from head coach Pete Carroll. Gilliam could ultimately fulfill the role Seattle saw for Scott.