Recurring neck, shoulder injuries hinder Lacey

Updated: August 12, 2004, 10:22 PM ET
Associated Press

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State senior linebacker Seth Lacey has decided to leave the team because of recurring injuries to his shoulder and neck.

Lacey has nerve damage in his left arm and neck, which causes weakness in his left arm. Additional injuries could worsen the problem.

"I always thought I would be back, but as this season got close I knew I needed to think more about it. I put it off to the last moment, but I had no choice," he said Wednesday as the Beavers opened fall practice.

Lacey, who went to Churchill High School in Eugene, started the first three games last season but then injuries limited his play. He ends his football career with 49 tackles in 24 games.

"We want him to stay close to our program and be part of our team, but I think he has wisely decided he will not play," coach Mike Riley said.

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