Draft Scout Snapshot: Pre-2011: Spent five days at USC hospital after suffering chest pains at a spring practice that apparently were related to an illness he had felt for a couple of weeks. 2010: Started every game, 11 times at end and once (against Virginia) at tackle … missed the Washington State game with a shoulder sprain suffered at Minnesota … had 43 tackles, including 6.5 for losses (with three sacks), plus a fumble recovery and 2 deflections … saved best for cross-town rival UCLA: 5 tackles, including 2 sacks, and 2 deflections. 2009: Switched from defensive tackle to end in spring drills … broke his left foot in fall camp and missed USC's first five games … returned to see limited action in the final eight games, starting 5 games (two at tackle and the last three at end) … credited with 6 tackles, one for a loss, and blocked a PAT at Notre Dame. 2008: Served as a backup defensive tackle, appearing in 9 games … had 10 tackles, including three for losses of 9 yards and a 6-yard sack against Ohio State … made four tackles at Washington State, two for a loss … broke a bone in his hand prior to the Notre Dame game and missed three contests.
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07/17/14 - DL Armond Armstead announced his retirement Wednesday (July 16).
The 23-year-old battled an assortment of conditions throughout his career. An infection before the start of 2013 training camp ultimately landed him on season-ending injured reserve. He never played a game with the team.
Armstead suffered a heart attack while at USC in 2011, costing him his senior season. He was not selected in the NFL Draft the next year and ended up playing one season for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, where he was named an All-Star while amassing 43 tackles and six sacks. He helped Toronto win the Grey Cup. He started in 24 games at USC from 2008 through 2010.
Armstead signed with the Patriots on Feb. 1, 2013. The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list on Aug. 26, 2013.
"It has been a pleasure being around Armond, as he gave everything he could to play for us," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in a statement. "Armond worked extremely hard since joining us last February. He's had a lot of adversity personally that he's had to deal with -- unusual compared to most other players -- but he's always had a great attitude, worked hard and really did everything we asked him to do.
"While it is unfortunate he will not be able to play football, Armond is an outstanding young man who has a very bright future in whatever path he chooses."
10/16/13 - --DT Armond Armstead remains on NFI due to an infection he had this summer. Bill Belichick said Armstead would not begin his practice window on Wednesday, the first week he's eligible to come off NFI.
08/24/13 - DT Armond Armstead opened training camp on NFI (non-football illness) with an infection that required surgery. No timetable has been set for his return to practice.
08/19/13 - DT Armond Armstead opened training camp on NFI (non-football illness) with an infection that required surgery. No timetable has been set for his return to practice.
07/31/13 - DT Armond Armstead opened training camp on NFI (non-football illness) with an undisclosed issue, although Bill Belichick said it does not relate to the heart attack that Armstead suffered while at USC. Monday evening, the Patriots released a statement saying, "Armond Armstead had surgery to treat an infection. Armond is in good condition and is expected to make a full recovery. A timetable has not been set for his return to football."
04/18/12 - Sacramento's Armond Armstead has two more visits this week - to Miami and Cleveland. The 6-5, 295-pound defensive lineman, who played at USC, also has worked out for the Raiders and Patriots. Last spring, Armstead was briefly hospitalized after experiencing chest pains. He was cleared by doctors to resume football action, but USC would not allow Armstead to play this past season, and he decided to declare for the draft. Read more about Armstead here. Armstead was a two-year starter at USC, totaling 59 tackles and two sacks in 17 career starts. Earlier this month, he worked out for scouts at Sacramento State. He had a 30-inch vertical leap, broad jumped nearly ten-feet and ran a 5.05-second 40-yard dash. - Matt Barrows, The Sacramento Bee
04/05/12 - Former USC defensive-end Armond Armstead performed in front of pro-scouts during his NFL Pro Day held at Hornet Field in Sacramento on Wednesday morning. Armstead, the Elk Grove native who played at Pleasant Grove High School is hoping to put any concerns about his health behind him. Last summer, Armstead was hospitalized with chest pains and was never cleared by USC to return to the field in 2011. After flirting with the idea to transfer to another school with one year of eligibility left, he decided to make the move to jump to the NFL. Doctors have cleared Armstead from any heart condition maintain that his health is a non-issue. He was a two-year starter during his three seasons as a Trojan. He totaled 59 career tackles, with two sacks in 17 career starts. Meanwhile, NFL scouts had the chance to watch Armstead perform. He displayed a 30-inch vertical leap, landed a broad jump just short of ten-feet, and ran a 5.05 in the 40-yard dash. Armstead has already visited with the Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins, among other teams. Scouts from those teams and the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers, and more were present at Hornet Stadium on Wednesday. This weekend, Armstead will head to Miami for a second visit with the Dolphins and will make a few other stops before his fate is decided at the draft at the end of the month. - ABC News 10 TV
04/03/12 - Former USC defensive tackle Armond Armstead will be working out on Wednesday for NFL scouts at Cal State Sacramento. The most important test for Armstead in terms of his future plans will probably not come on the field, however. It will likely come in the off-field tests by NFL doctors. Armstead, who graduated from USC last December, was not allowed to work out with the other Trojans players at the USC Pro Day in March because of on-going medical issues. It has been one year since Armstead was originally hospitalized with chest pains, and he was never cleared by USC doctors to return to the field in 2011. Armstead looked at several options -- including transferring to another school as he had one year of eligibility left -- but he eventually decided to move forward with his professional career and enter the NFL draft. The situation with his medical status remains unclear. Due to privacy and legal concerns, USC is not allowed to comment on the details of his case. - Garry Paskwietz, ESPN
03/08/12 - For defensive lineman Armond Armstead, pro day unfolded much like his senior season: USC wouldn't let him participate. Armstead, who never gained medical clearance from the school last season after developing an undisclosed medical condition, had hoped to do defensive line drills for NFL scouts Wednesday. Athletic Director Pat Haden had told Armstead he could, but he received a call Tuesday night indicating otherwise. "Their attorneys wouldn't allow me to work out," Armstead said. Because pro day was a school-sanctioned, on-campus event, USC officials had the same lingering legal and liability concerns as during the season. Armstead, who hired an agent and officially turned pro Tuesday, was able to meet with scouts. He measured in at 6-4 ¾ and 285 pounds and was certain he'd pass any physical an NFL team gave him. "I'm perfectly healthy," Armstead said. Armstead declined to discuss the nature of the medical condition that sent his career swerving off track. USC also declined comment through a school spokesman. Armstead will conduct a private workout April 9 at a location to be determined. Considered a possible second-round pick after his junior year, Armstead now just hopes to get a chance. He is eligible for the April 26-28 draft after graduating in December. "I'm just looking for an opportunity to play football in the NFL," Armstead said. "That's all I want. I don't care where I get drafted (or) if I don't get drafted at all. I just want to play ball. This is what I love to do." - Michael Lev, The Orange County Register
03/08/12 - USC defensive tackle Armond Armstead was informed by the school Tuesday night that university attorneys would not allow him to participate in Pro Day because of liability issues. USC would not clear Armstead to play last season because of an unspecified medical condition that was discovered last spring. Armstead experienced chest pains last year but neither he nor school officials ever disclosed any medical problems. He was expected to transfer to another school for his senior year but recently decided instead to turn pro. "One of my main reasons to transfer was to play with brother (Oregon defensive lineman Arik Armstead)," Armond said. "But I wasn't allowed (by USC) to transfer to another Pac-12 school." Armond Armstead said he was "perfectly healthy" and would have his own Pro Day on April 9. He underwent an NFL evaluation following the 2010 season and said was projected as a second-round pick. He looked noticeably slimmer and weighed 285 pounds at USC on Wednesday. "I'm in good shape," Armstead said. "I'm not combine ready. I'm just looking for an opportunity to play football. " - NFLDraftScout.com