Nick Adamle's Northwestern football career is over before it started.
Coach Pat Fitzgerald confirmed on Tuesday that an injury to the redshirt freshman offensive lineman's shoulder will prevent him from ever playing for the Wildcats.
The promising 6-foot-4, 300-pounder suffered the injury in practice during his redshirt freshman season in 2008. He underwent four offseason surgeries but was unable to play in 2009. Doctors say that the shoulder has sustained permanent damage and cannot be repaired.
Northwestern will honor Adamle's scholarship as he works toward a degree. Fitzgerald added that Adamle will continue to contribute to the football program as a student assistant.
The Wheaton (Ill.) North product entered Northwestern as a three-star prospect in the Class of 2008. He was one of five Chicago-area offensive linemen in the class and was ranked as the 24th-best prospect in the state and 65th-best guard in the country by Rivals.
Adamle also has some impressive Big Ten football genes. His father, Mark, played at Purdue, and his uncle is former Northwestern star running back Mike Adamle, the 1970 Big Ten Most Valuable Player.
Adamle never appeared in a game for Northwestern.