Free agent defensive back Nate Ebner announced Tuesday that an injury will prevent him from competing for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Rugby team.
Ebner was on the U.S. Olympic rugby team in 2016 and intended to compete in Tokyo next month.
"It pains me to announce my withdrawal from competing for a spot at the Tokyo Olympics with the USA Men's Sevens," Ebner wrote on both Twitter and Instagram. "After the 2020 NFL season, I had an injury that required off-season surgery. While my recovery is on track for the next football season, unfortunately the time tables did not align with trials for the Games.
"Thank you to USA Rugby for welcoming me back into the squad like family. And thank you to the players working so hard to make the Olympic team and help the United States bring home a medal. I'd also like to thank the New York Giants for their support as I chase another dream. I look forward to the 2021 NFL season and will continue to work hard every day to be ready."
Ebner, 32, served as the Giants' special teams captain last season after spending his previous eight campaigns with the New England Patriots. The three-time Super Bowl winner has recorded 103 tackles, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries in 127 career games with the Patriots and Giants.
--Field Level Media