Udeze, who led the team in sacks in 2007, sat out last season after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The former USC standout underwent a successful bone marrow transplant about a year ago, which set the stage for a comeback; he attended practices and workouts throughout the summer.
But a return to the gridiron this season proved to be impossible. Although in remission, the cancer has made it impossible to get into the kind of shape needed to compete as a world-class athlete. Yeah, we know-- a total wimp.