Washington head coach Chris Petersen announced the retirement of two Husky football players on Thursday. Defensive back Austin Joyner and defensive lineman Jared Pulu are each retiring from playing football due to medical concerns. According to The Seattle Times, Joyner is retiring due to a history of concussions and Pulu is stepping aside due to a kidney medical condition.
Joyner has not appeared in either of Washington’s last two games and he has been listed as a primary backup to sophomore Byron Murphy this season. In four games this season, Joyner has recorded five tackles, including one tackle for a loss.
“Guys get concussions and you go,” Petersen said, according to The Seattle Times, when reflecting on the impact of head injuries and the reaction to them today compared to the past. “You heal up and you go. But I think everybody is just on top of this, and it’s, ‘How many has he had? How serious is this?’” And everybody is hypersensitive to this, which I think is a good thing.”
Pulu has not played for Washington this season but did appear in 10 games last year. Both players will remain a part of the team in a non-playing capacity moving forward, according to Petersen.