UofL FOOTBALL | Hearns Will Not Play in TaxSlayer Bowl

12/26/2017 05:30 PM

Louisville senior linebacker James Hearns announced on Twitter Tuesday that he will not play in Saturday’s TaxSlayer Bowl against No. 23 Mississippi St.

“First of all I would like to take this time out to thank my coaches at Louisville and the university of Louisville for bringing me in and allowing me to have a great career,” said Hearns in his post. “Also to the fans and all of cardnation I thank you for your many years of support and spirit. I will not be playing in the upcoming bowl game due to rehabbing my body and making sure I’m in the best shape to pursue my professional career. Again thanks for all the support over the years everyone. Love”

Hearns has accounted for 42 tackles this season for the Cardinals, including 13.5 for loss. He also has seven sacks and four forced fumbles.

On Friday, defensive back Jaire Alexander told head coach Bobby Petrino that he would not play in the bowl game in order to focus on preparing for the 2018 NFL Draft.

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