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Notre Dame Linebacker Announces He's Leaving Team Due To Injuries

Notre Dame's mascot running with a flag on the football field.

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 17: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot carries the school flag on the field before the game against the Michigan State Spartans on September 17, 2005 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

A Notre Dame linebacker announced that his football career, at least for the time being, has come to an end. On Tuesday night, sophomore linebacker David Adams announced he's taking a medical exemption.

Adams' career in South Bend ended before he saw a snap. After redshirting during his freshman season due to injuries, Adams has called it a career.

With his announcement, Adams will not count against the 85-man roster limit, but will remain on scholarship. He was reportedly the 86th scholarship player on the roster - his announcement puts Notre Dame under the limit.

"It absolutely kills me to walk away from football, my true love," Adams posted 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."

Here's the full announcement.

Adams was one of the top recruits from the state of Pennsylvania during the 2017 recruiting cycle. He was the No. 10 inside linebacker recruit and No. 7 recruit from Pennsylvania, according to 247Sports' Composite Rankings.

He was recruited by former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.

The former Central Catholic (Pittsburgh) star chose Notre Dame over offers from Florida, Michigan, and Penn State, among others.