Earlier it was reported that Navy LB Maika Polamalu had decided to retire from football due to injuries–undisclosed medical concerns. We have learned that the cousin of Pittsburgh Steelers LB Troy Polamalu has done an about face and has been cleared to return to the Football field.
The Capital Gazette reported that Polamalu returned to the field Monday joining his fellow Midshipmen in preparation for the 2014 campaign.
Head coach Ken Niumatalolo said Polamalu had retired voluntarily after consulting with his family about an undisclosed medical issue. Niumatalolo said the problem did not involve repeated concussions. Regarding his projected starter, Coach Niumatalolo shared,
“Of course I have reservations…the medical people cleared him. This is a decision he and his family have come to and I support them wholeheartedly.”
Polamalu underwent a battery of tests last week, all of which came up negative, and was cleared by team doctors to resume playing, Niumatalolo said.
“Everything medically was cleared so Maika decided to come back and we’re happy that he’s back.”
After beginning his Navy career as a fullback — he played in nine games at that position in 2012, scoring on a 21-yard touchdown run as part of his 39 yards rushing — he moved to linebacker the following year. In 2013, however, he played in just four games before making a significant push for the starting job beginning in the spring. The Midshipmen are happy to have Polamalu back on the field and I hope that he is truly healthy and has a great collegiate career.