Deion Sanders Is Recovering Following Emergency Surgery

The University of Colorado coach had a procedure to remove blood clots from his legs.

University of Colorado football head coach Deion Sanders is currently in recovery after undergoing emergency surgery for blood clots in his legs, according to CBS Sports. Sanders has been dealing with blood-flow issues over the last several years and the procedure was done to correct the problem he announced in a video announcement.

On Saturday (June 24), the Pro Football Hall of Famer shared an Instagram post where he gave an update on his health status to his family.

"I had a big blood clot in my thigh that they got out, and I had some below my knee that they got out," Sanders said. "Then I've got one in the right leg that they're going to get soon."

During an episode of The Pat McAfee Show podcast, former NFL star Adam "Pacman" Jones shared that Sanders would be having the surgery.

"Now this is what happened. I went to the doctors the other day to check myself out and I have two clots in my leg. One in my right leg, one in my left leg in my thigh," Sanders said before his procedure. "Now I have a procedure tomorrow to try and get those clots so I can have proper blood flow through the leg so I can fix the toes."

In addition to his blood clot issues, Sanders also was dealing with the possibility of having his left foot amputated.

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Coach Deion Sanders Risks Having Left Foot Amputated

Last Sunday (June 18), Sanders was followed by a camera crew from Thee Pregame Show to attend a meeting with the University of Colorado medical team where he met with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ken Hunt, vascular surgeons Dr. Donald Jacobs and Dr. Max Wohlauer and athletic trainer Lauren Askevold to discuss his daily pain levels and possible next steps in the 11-minute segment.

“You just have to understand what the risks are. Things can cascade,” Jacobs said, adding that Sanders might not just lose another toe but "he could lose the foot.”

“Well, I know what risks are," Sanders replied. “I only have eight toes. So, I’m pretty sure I understand.”

According to Sanders, he was informed that he would not have to be concerned about having his foot amputated

"There's no talk of amputation or any of that whatsoever," Sanders explained. "The doctors were just telling me worst comes to worst, this was going to happen but I believe in staying right so you don't have to go left."

Over the last several years, Sanders has had numerous health issues related to his lower extremities. When he was the head football coach at Jackson State University,  he missed three games during his recovery to have two of his toes amputated.

Sanders plans to be ready to make his debut as the coach of the University of Colorado Buffaloes in the fall. In anticipation of Sander’s first season,  the university has sold out its season ticket allotment for the first time in almost 30 years.

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