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N.J. Falo Dismissed from Colorado Football for Violating Team Rules

The reserve linebacker played in 11 games for the Buffaloes in 2016.

NCAA Football: UCLA at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Buffaloes have dismissed linebacker N.J. Falo for a second violation of team rules, according to a school press release Monday evening. No details of the violation were provided by coach Mike MacIntyre.

Falo’s time in Boulder was short-lived following an April 2016 arrest for theft. He, along with running back Dino Gordon, took a plea bargain in the case before the start of last season. MacIntyre suspended Falo for the first three games of the 2016 season and he played in 11 games last year (without starting) including the Alamo Bowl, recording 12 tackles and one and half sacks.

Falo was expected to be play a bigger role this season behind Derek McCartney. CU’s depth at the outside linebacker position takes another blow going into fall camp with McCartney still recovering from a knee injury last season.

The junior from Sacramento, Calif played in a total of 16 games in two seasons with the Buffs. There was a family connection for MacIntyre with Falo’s older brother, Nate, playing for him at San Jose State.

With Falo’s departure, the Buffs will have Shamar Hamilton, a junior college transfer available for depth as an edge rusher. The 6’5”, 235 pound rusher put together a solid two seasons at ASA College of Miami (FL) with 65 tackles (16 for loss) and 10 sacks.

The Buffs report for fall camp on Friday (7/28).