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MOBILE, Ala. New York Jets offensive lineman Cameron Clark, who missed the season after suffering a spinal cord injury in training camp, is ending his football career, his agent told ESPN.
“Based on the advice of Dr. Andrew Hecht, a prominent orthopedic surgeon at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, Cameron will not be able to continue playing football for the New York Jets,” Clark’s agent Alan Herman told ESPN .
Clark, 24, was told he would risk becoming paralyzed if he continued to play.
“A great young man with a bright future, I’m grateful for Cameron’s peace in making his decision, no matter how bittersweet it may be,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said in a statement to ESPN. “He came to the league because of his talent, hard work and attitude and I have full confidence that they will all continue to serve him as he moves on to the next step.”
Clark was selected in the fourth round by the Charlotte 49ers in 2020 and was injured on August 3 at the Jets’ training facility in Florham Park, New Jersey. He was motionless for several minutes on the ground after going down in an 11-on-11 period. The 6-foot-4, 308-pound guard was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
At the time, the Jets called it a spinal cord contusion and said he would recover completely.
Clark’s career ends without him ever taking a snap in a regular season game. His rookie year, called a year of development by the organization, was interrupted by a shoulder injury. He went into training camp in 2021 as a backup and fought for a place on the list.