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Report: LJ Scott may be leaving football behind

May 16, 2019
Junior running back L.J. Scott (3) runs the ball during the game against Western Michigan on Sept. 9, 2017 at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans defeated the Broncos, 28-14.
Junior running back L.J. Scott (3) runs the ball during the game against Western Michigan on Sept. 9, 2017 at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans defeated the Broncos, 28-14. —
Photo by Carly Geraci | The State News

Former Michigan State running back LJ Scott left the Cleveland Browns and might be quitting football altogether just days after signing as an undrafted free agent, according to a report Wednesday from WFMJ TV in Youngstown, Ohio.

The Browns officially waived the Youngstown native Thursday after signing tailback D'Ernest Johnson, a former University of South Florida Bull who played in the Alliance of American Football (AAF) this past spring.

Scott had previously attended the Baltimore Ravens' rookie minicamp after a four-year MSU career in which he totaled 3,258 yards and 27 touchdowns from scrimmage. He suffered an ankle injury in September 2018 against Arizona State, and his four games played would have made him eligible for a medical redshirt and a fifth season.

MSU coach Mark Dantonio initially said Scott was planning on returning for a redshirt senior season, but Scott tweeted out in December that he was intending to turn professional, and he played a fifth game — the Redbox Bowl versus Oregon.

Scott is most well-known as a Spartan for his stretch over the goal line to win the 2015 Big Ten Championship Game against Iowa, propelling the Spartans to the first College Football Playoff in school history.

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