Nearly two weeks after KSR’s Matt Jones reported Kentucky’s Chris Oats had been admitted into the hospital with a serious medical condition, the linebacker’s health seems to be improving. Oats has been moved out of the hospital and into a rehabilitation facility, according to a new report by Mike Dyer of WCPO in Cincinnati. A University of Kentucky spokesman told the station there is no additional information at this time.
A UK spokesman gave KSR the following statement on May 22, when Jones first reported Oats’ medical issue:
Chris Oats is in the hospital due to a medical issue. The family has asked us to confirm that the issue is not related to Covid 19. Chris expected to move to a physical rehabilitation center in the near future. The family requests that their privacy be respected during this time.
Mark Stoops confirmed the news on May 23, and he reiterated Oats’ health issue is not related to COVID-19.
He’s in the hospital due to a medical issue we can confirm isn’t related to COVID 19. He’s expected to move to a physical rehabilitation center in the near future, but beyond that his family has requested that their privacy be respected during this time.
— Mark Stoops (@UKCoachStoops) May 23, 2020
Oats’ brother seemed to confirm the move from the hospital to the rehabilitation facility on Twitter, saying it’s “comeback season,” but asked for his followers to “keep praying for my brother and family.”
— Sosa Woods (@Sosa_migo59) June 3, 2020
Members of the BBN should continue to keep Oats in their thoughts and prayers as he continues to recover.