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QB Ainge Says He’s Retiring

Jets quarterback Erik Ainge is retiring from football, Dennis Waszak of The Associated Press reports.

The 25-year-old Ainge missed last season as he tended to his addictions to drugs and alcohol. Sober for a year, Ainge underwent foot surgery in January and earlier this month announced that he was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder.

A 2008 fifth-round pick (162nd overall) out of Tennessee, Ainge did not appear in a regular season NFL Game. In seven preseason games with the Jets, Ainge completed 38-of-55 passes for 566 yards and five touchdowns.

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