By TOM LEA
Sophomore linebacker Cody Byers will not play football any longer for the Wisconsin football team.
Head coach Bret Bielema said the young reserve player suffered a severe concussion a season ago, one that took him plenty of weeks to recover from. Byers then suffered a concussion during fall camp.
With after effects still lingering, Byers has decided to forego the sport entirely.
"He's going to take a medical (scholarship)," Bielema said. "Cody is a great kid. We'll see him get his degree here. I told him to take some time and just get away from what we're doing here. Some kids just want to hop right into it. This is a very difficult thing for him personally so he's going to probably come back and join us in some role as a coach down the line."
Byers, along with wide receiver Isaiah Williams, was not on the initial 105-man roster to open fall camp, starting speculation that he may have been involved in the precipitating fight leading to Montee Ball's assault.
That, according to Bielema, is the furthest thing from the truth.
"I was mad because some of you guys inferred he had something to do with all that stuff going on several weeks ago," Bielema said. "That was just bad timing with Cody. He's strictly been dealing with a medical issue that was nothing related."
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