Concussions force Syracuse’s Isaiah Johnson to end career

The career of Syracuse Orange junior defensive lineman Isaiah Johnson has come to an end.

According a report from, Johnson has been medically disqualified because of his concussion history. The university announced the news regarding Johnson in a statement on Tuesday.

“Syracuse Athletics team physician Dr. James Tucker reviewed Johnson’s concussion history and has medically disqualified Johnson from further physical participation in football and/or any other contact sports at Syracuse University due to multiple concussions as of April 2015,” the statement read.

Johnson’s first concussion came during a sack of Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston. Johnson later admitted to losing his memory for more than a week while he attempted to recover.

The loss of Johnson is a big one for Syracuse, who has already lost a lot of depth along the defensive line.

Johnson, 6-foot-4, 287-pounds, finishes his career at Syracuse with 21 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

In just over a year, three Syracuse players have had their careers cut short due to concussions — Johnson, defensive end Tyler Marona and offensive lineman Kyle Knapp.

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to Sam Maller | The Daily Orange Staff Photographer

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