JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen is retiring after suffering a concussion and a stroke in a game last December.
Allen tells MMQB.si.com that he has a dead spot — no bigger than a dime — on his cerebellum. The cerebellum controls motor movement and coordination.
The Jaguars released Allen last week.
In the months after Allen's initial stroke diagnosis, he saw three neurosurgeons. The last one advised Allen to quit playing football.
Allen tells MMQB he has struggled to pick up and grip hand-held objects and will be on blood-thinning medication for the rest of his life.
Allen says "it's not something to be overlooked. If it feels like something's wrong, something's wrong. I want someone to know my experience, so they can know when they experience something similar."