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Nebraska wideout JD Spielman taking leave due to health concerns

Posted at 10:56 AM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 13:27:00-05

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Nebraska wide receiver JD Spielman is taking a leave of absence and is "unlikely to take part in spring football," the program announced Monday.

“JD Spielman is dealing with a personal health matter currently, and at this time is not expected to participate in spring practices,” Nebraska head coach Scott Frost said. “Everyone’s focus right now is on JD’s well-being and providing him with the appropriate support. We anticipate JD returning to the team in time for summer conditioning.”

The senior had 49 receptions for 898 yards and five touchdowns in 2019. He led the team in receptions and receiving yards.

Spielman's eligibility is not expected to be affected by the "temporary absence."

It was also announced that kicker Barret Pickering and receiver Javeon McQuitty plan to retire from football and pursue medical exemptions. Additionally, kicker Matt Waldroch has chosen to focus on school and be a member of the club soccer team. He is no longer a member of the football team.

The first of 15 spring football practices will be held on March 9.