MORGANTOWN - West Virginia University confirmed Wednesday fullback Matt Lindamood has left the team. No details were given except that it was Lindamood's decision and not the coaching staff's.
Lindamood, a rising senior from Parkersburg, has been bothered the past two seasons because of neck issues and battled tingling and numbness in his arms.
He told the Daily Mail in November he was suffering from cervical stenosis - a narrowing of the spinal canal that can cause added pressure on the spine and nerves - and two protruding discs and a bone spur on his spinal cord.
Before that, Lindamood's ankle injury kept him out of the team's win at Maryland in third game of the season. He was at his family's home that weekend and underwent an MRI because the tingling and numbness in his arms was especially worrisome.
"I was told I was never going to play football again," he said. "My doctor called me and was, like, 'Matt, I'm sorry, but you probably need surgery. You're done. It's probably a good thing you hurt your ankle because you shouldn't be playing.' "
Lindamood had more tests done at WVU and was eventually told he could play football again, which he did later in the season as the blocking back in the offense and one of the blockers in front of the punter on punts.
He played 10 games last season, but had no statistics. In his three seasons, he had 15 carries for 49 yards and a touchdown - all in 2010 - and totaled six tackles on special teams.
Lindamood led the state in 2007 with 2,472 yards rushing, 35 touchdowns and 232 points. He was the runner-up for the Kennedy Award and helped the Big Reds win two state championships. He was All-State twice and also the 215-pound state wrestling champion as a senior.
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