Nate Ebner will not be able to continue his campaign for a second Olympic appearance after suffering an injury at the end of his 2020 NFL season. His recovery had been going on smoothly but the timetable for the Tokyo Olympics will not allow him to be ready in time.
The 32 year old had surgery after playing for the New York Giants in 202 and has not yet recovered in time for the Tokyo Olympics. His knee injury last season has unfortunately left him a free agent since then.
“It pains me to announce my withdrawal from competing for a spot at the Tokyo Olympics,” Ebner said in a statement Tuesday.
“While my recovery is on track for the next football season, unfortunately, the timetables did not align with trials for the Games.”
Mike Friday, the USA men’s 7s head coach went on to say:
“We are all disappointed for Nate and appreciative of his efforts to rejoin the squad and make a run for Tokyo.
“Physically, Nate has not had the opportunity to compete, therefore he cannot be considered for selection to either the Olympics or Quest for Gold in LA.
“Ultimately it is our responsibility to take a long-term physical view and ensure we are protecting Nate’s best interest considering what’s ahead for him this forthcoming football season.”
Team USA is set to compete at the Quest for Gold in Los Angeles this June 25-26, this will be there final preparation tournament before they fly out to Tokyo. Friday added that he and the staff will announce the final squad for the Olympics on July 2.