Concussion ends career of Gophers' Gjere

Sad news this afternoon out of Minneapolis, where Minnesota has announced that sophomore offensive lineman Jimmy Gjere is quitting football because of the recurrence of concussion-like symptoms.

Just this weekend, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Phil Miller wrote about Gjere's comeback attempt from a concussion suffered during the Michigan game last season. Gjere had returned to practice and said he had been clear of any problems for months.

"I've been ready to get back out there for a while," he told the paper. "It feels good to be back, that's for sure. Hopefully this is behind me for good."

But now his career is over. He missed seven games last season after earning the starting right tackle job as a redshirt freshman.

It's a blow to the Gophers' offensive line, sure, but Gjere's health is the way more important thing here. Concussions are scary and are still not totally understood, though at least teams and leagues are exercising far more caution about them these days. That's why the Big Ten/Ivy League collaborative effort to study concussions in sports is so important for the future of football.

Best of luck to Gjere in his future endeavors.