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Report: Patriots’ offensive lineman Stephen Neal set to retire

03.02.11 at 6:07 pm ET

Patriots offensive lineman Stephen Neal is listed as “reserve/retired” on the NFL’s internal transaction report, an indication he is going to retire. The news, which was first reported by ESPN Boston, indicates Neal’s career has likely come to an end. A former collegiate wrestler at Cal State-Bakersfield who signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2001, the 34-year-old Neal became a full-time starter in 2004 at right guard, starting 81 of a possible 86 games over the course of his professional career. Neal suffered a shoulder injury midway through the 2010 season and ended the year on injured reserve.

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