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Syracuse Football: AJ Long Medically Disqualified After Suffering Multiple Concussions

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Less than a year removed from being SU's starting quarterback, AJ Long's career with the Orange is over.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse quarterback AJ Long has been medically disqualified because he suffered multiple concussions while at SU. The news was reported Tuesday night by Syracuse.com's Stephen Bailey, who learned of AJ Long's disqualification from Syracuse Athletics. SU Athletics then confirmed the report in a press release.

Syracuse's team physician Dr. James Tucker reviewed Long's concussions and determined that he will not be able to play football anymore at SU, according to Bailey and the press release. Orange head coach Scott Shafer said that he wishes Long the best.

"We appreciate AJ's hard work and the contributions he's made to our program," Shafer said in the press release. "I look forward to watching him continue to grow both as a student and as a young man."

This probably explains why Long hasn't seen the field this season. After Eric Dungey left SU's Sept. 19 game against Central Michigan, Long stood on the sideline as Austin Wilson and Zack Mahoney split plays. Long did the same against LSU on Sept. 26, when Mahoney took every snap at quarterback.

Last season, Long started five games after Terrel Hunt suffered a fractured fibula midway through the season.

Even though he can't play football at Syracuse anymore, Long could theoretically transfer elsewhere to play, if another school is willing to take him on.