UCLA LB Patrick Larimore forced to retire

UCLA LB Patrick Larimore forced to retire

Published Aug. 13, 2012 11:58 a.m. ET

Linebacker Patrick Larimore, UCLA’s MVP last season, will take a medical
retirement after suffering his second concussion in four months,
according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized
to speak publicly.

Larimore was injured last week and underwent further tests Sunday night. He also suffered a concussion in spring practice.

loss of Larimore thins out the Bruins in the middle of their defense.
He was a two-year starter. Damien Holmes was moved from outside
linebacker to the middle last week.

Outside linebacker Eric
Zumwalt has not been returned to practice Monday after sitting out a
week because of heat stroke. Inside linebacker Eric Kendricks has had
limited participation the last four practices, though Coach Jim Mora
said he is healthy.

Larimore, a team captain in 2011, had 81
tackles to lead the Bruins. He had a fumble recovery and also returned
an interception against Oregon in the Pac-12 title game. He sat out the
Kraft Fights Hunger Bowl after undergoing surgery on his thumb.

is the second UCLA player to retire since training camp began. Guard
Chris Ward was forced to quit because of recurring back problems.

— Chris Foster