Notre Dame LB David Adams takes medical exemption from football program

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

David Adams detailed an extensive list of injuries from his football career.

That list piled up so long that the Irish linebacker announced Tuesday night he would be taking a medical exemption from Notre Dame's football program.

Adams, a 6-foot-1, 222-pound product of Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic heading into his sophomore season, said in a statement on Twitter that he will continue to be a part of the team, but his "return to football is currently unknown."

With a medical exemption, Notre Dame can still fulfill Adams' scholarship without it counting toward the 85-man scholarship limit under NCAA rules. The deduction of Adams from Notre Dame's scholarship count puts the Irish at exactly 85 with the current roster for 2018.

Adams joined the Irish in 2017 as a three-star recruit after totaling 84 tackles, 5.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and one interception in his senior season at Central Catholic. Rivals ranked him as the No. 18 inside linebacker in the 2017 class. 247Sports slated him No. 23 at the position.

Adams did not play in his freshman season at Notre Dame. 

"It absolutely kills me to walk away from football, my true love," Adams wrote as part of his statement on Twitter. "However, these are circumstances that I cannot control. I've prided myself on my work ethic and have spent countless hours perfecting my craft to be the best player I could and can be.

"I need very specific and deliberate rehab and training to get my body back to where it once was and beyond. Coach (Brian) Kelly and Notre Dame have been very supportive throughout all of this. I am very thankful that I will continue to be on full scholarship and be a part of the team and program. My return to football is currently unknown."

The list of injuries suffered from his football career, Adams wrote, included concussions, a torn left labrum in his left shoulder, a torn labrum, rotator cuff and bicep tendon in his right shoulder, a torn UCL in his right elbow, a knee injury that required surgery, chronic severe shin splints and chronic severe patellar tendinitis.

The UCL injury occured during his senior season at Central Catholic. He still finished the year and even played in the Under Armour All-America Game with it.

Notre Dame's depth chart at linebacker should allow for the Irish to handle the loss of Adams without many issues. At middle linebacker, the position Adams had played, senior Te'von Coney and junior Jonathan Jones top the depth chart. Two freshmen, Bo Bauer and Jack Lamb, enrolled in January with the opportunity to play middle linebacker in the future.

— DAVID ADAMS (@David_Adams1335) June 20, 2018Canteen to Tulane

Freddy Canteen has identified his third college football destination: Tulane.

The former Michigan and Notre Dame wide receiver will have at least one season of eligibility remaining when he enrolls at Tulane. The Green Wave Tulane announced the addition of Canteen to their roster Tuesday night on Twitter.

Canteen graduated from Michigan in three years, which allows him immediate eligibility. He could petition the NCAA for a sixth season of eligibility with a medical hardship waiver. Canteen’s one season at Notre Dame was limited to three games because of a shoulder injury.

The 6-foot, 192-pound Canteen caught one pass for seven yards and started one game against Temple for the Irish last season. The Wilmington, Del., product attended Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton, Md., before joining Michigan in 2014.

Linebacker David Adams will be taking a medical exemption from Notre Dame's football program, he announced Tuesday night on Twitter.