Notre Dame linebacker Spond's playing career done

2013-08-17T15:34:00Z 2013-08-17T21:27:06Z Notre Dame linebacker Spond's playing career doneThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 17, 2013 3:34 pm  • 

SOUTH BEND, Ind. | Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says linebacker Danny Spond told teammates Saturday that his football career is over with the 14th-ranked Fighting Irish.

Kelly wouldn't disclose the exact reason other than to say it was a medical condition. He says the senior from Littleton, Colo., planned to issue a statement next week.

Spond had a health scare last preseason when he was struck with a headache so severe doctors were concerned he may have had a stroke. He was diagnosed with a kind of migraine marked by debilitating pain. He was hospitalized four days and underwent rehabilitation to learn to walk again.

At practice Saturday, Spond was walking with a cane.

Kelly also said defensive lineman Tony Springmann injured his left knee and is expected to miss the opener against Temple.

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