Missouri sophomore offensive lineman Andy Bauer had left hip surgery last summer with the intention of returning to the team. But after a long rehabilitation process, he has decided to step away from the game.
Bauer will retire from football, Missouri athletic trainer Rex Sharp announced in a statement Friday.
“Despite his dedication and commitment to post-surgical and sport specific rehabilitation over a long period of time, Andy was unable to return to his previous level of football-related activity,” Sharp said . “In the interest of Andy’s overall health and welfare, and to help ensure his academic success, the athletic health care staff, football staff, Andy, and his family have decided that Andy will retire from football.”
Bauer joins junior running back Morgan Steward as the second Missouri player to retire due to a hip injury. Steward missed the 2014 season and he was limited to just three games in 2015.
The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Bauer was redshirted in 2014, and the injury kept him sidelined last season.
“Andy is a tremendous young man with an extremely bright future, and we wish him nothing but the best,” Sharp said. “He’s been an outstanding representative of Mizzou football and he will always be part of our family.”