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Clot in Brain Sidelines Penn St. Guard

January 15, 2005

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) _ Penn State starting guard Marlon Smith is expected to miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with a partial blockage of an artery in his brain.

Smith has a ``very transient, very temporary blockage in his artery related to a small blood clot,″ Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, Penn State’s director of athletic medicine, said Saturday.

Smith will be on a blood thinner for 3 months, preventing him from playing in any kind of contact sport. It is unclear when he might return to play.

Smith collapsed in practice last week and complained of weakness in his extremities. Smith was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center in Hershey, and was diagnosed with the blockage before being released on Thursday.

Sebastianelli said that the condition was not life-threatening and Smith has regained his strength.

``As of right now, I’m feeling pretty good,″ Smith said. ``I feel just kind of blessed to be here.″

In his second year with the Nittany Lions, Smith was third on the team in scoring, averaging 11.8 points in 13 games this season.

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