Colin Cowherd spent Super Bowl weekend hospitalized with a blood clot in his lung

Liz Roscher
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The Monday after the Super Bowl is one of the biggest days for sports radio, which is why it was unexpected for Fox Sports radio host and NFL analyst Colin Cowherd to be absent. He didn't appear on his show "The Herd" on Monday or Tuesday, and on Tuesday night he posted an Instagram video to explain why.

Cowherd revealed that he'd been rushed to the hospital on Saturday night after experiencing pain on the right side of his chest. After an X-ray, doctors found a small blood clot in his right lung that was affecting his breathing. He spent the rest of the weekend in the hospital, which is where he watched the Super Bowl.

Cowherd said that he initially thought it might be COVID-19 since he knew that the problem wasn't with his heart. However, he's tested negative twice since Saturday night. As for why it happened, he said that he's still waiting on the results of several tests that might provide an explanation.

Check-in from a special someone

In his video, Cowherd thanked his employers, co-workers, and fans for their support.

But thank you for your patience. I apologize for not being there on the biggest days of the year for my show. The staff’s been amazing, the support from Fox Sports and iHeartRadio has been unbelievable. I mean, really touching. I’m going to be back on the air as soon as I can. I went for a 30-minute walk today, which is amazing considering where I was 48 hours ago. I had a massage today to increase blood circulation. I’m doing all I can. I’m attacking this. I’ll be back soon. Thank you for your patience. I appreciate it. And I just want to thank everybody for the support. It’s been incredibly touching. It’s been an emotional couple of days. Thanks.

On Wednesday morning, Cowherd tweeted that he got a check-in call from a very special person: the one and only Charles Barkley.

What could Barkley have said that made Cowherd's wife almost spit out her coffee? It's Charles Barkley, so the possibilities are endless.

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 13:  (L-R) Colin Cowherd (L) and Stephen A. Smith speak onstage at 'The Evolution of Audio in the 21st Century' during the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Four Seasons Hotel on March 13, 2015 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Amy E. Price/Getty Images for SXSW)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 13: (L-R) Colin Cowherd (L) and Stephen A. Smith speak onstage at 'The Evolution of Audio in the 21st Century' during the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Four Seasons Hotel on March 13, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Amy E. Price/Getty Images for SXSW)

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