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  • PRO FOOTBALL NOTE

    Wednesday, July 23, 9:34 PM
    *Lions LB Beer advised to give up football for medical reasons*
    
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    Detroit Lions linebacker Tom Beer has been advised to leave
    football for medical reasons, the team announced today. 
    
    The advice came after the 28-year-old Beer underwent three days
    of neurological testing in Saginaw, Michigan, and Detroit. 
    
    "Based on the results of his test and the professional opinion
    of the people at Henry Ford Hospital, they have so advised him
    that they will not allow him to return to professional football
    because of the potential risk of further neurological
    complications," said head athletic trainer Kent Falb. 
    
    "He will be meeting with the Lions management and the coach
    within the next couple of days to discuss this matter further,
    and at this time, we do not see Tom Beer returning to
    professional football." 
    
    The 6-foot-1, 237-pound Beer started one game and played all 16
    last season. He tied for third with 10 special teams tackles and
    backed up Antonio London at the Lions' "sam" linebacker spot. 
    
    Beer was a seventh-round pick in the 1994 draft at linebacker,
    but shifted to fullback for the 1995 season. 
    
    
    


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