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Tyson Smith reveals he had a stroke last year

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A scary situation for Smith, who missed time late last season with an undisclosed ailment.

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Injuries plagued the Michigan State Spartans throughout the 2016 season, but none of them were as scary or life-threatening than what Tyson Smith endured.

Smith sent out a tweet on Wednesday that revealed the previously undisclosed injury that prevented him from playing the final four games last year was a stroke.

In a second tweet, he added, “Fast forward it's my birthday and I couldn't be happier to see it.”

Smith recorded 13 tackles and four pass breakups across eight games (four starts) in 2016. He did not play in MSU’s final three games and did not dress for the spring scrimmage on April 1.

The junior cornerback figures to have a big role with the Spartans next season if he’s fully recovered, but all that really matters is he’s in good health and doing well by all accounts.

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