Follett was placed on injured reserve shortly after that injury but recently had been cleared to participate in the Lions' training camp. However, as Follett tweeted, his "neck was on fire and couldn't compete in hitting drills. So a decision had to be made."
Nothing's been made official publicly, but at the very least, Follett sounded as if he's been released and he likely will retire from football. Follett was warned that another big hit to his neck area could result in permanent injury.
Follett quickly became a fan favorite in Detroit after being drafted out of California, his ceaseless motor on the field and wacky personality off it endearing him to the Lions faithful. He played 12 games his rookie season, mostly on special teams, but started twice last season at linebacker, recording 21 tackles.
His inability to get back from injury and apparent release means that the Lions may be in the market for further linebacker help. They've already added free agents Stephen Tulloch and Justin Durant to the mix, but recently released Jordan Dizon.
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