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NFL | Gardener Likely to Retire

Jody Foldesy, of the Washington Times, reports free agent DT Daryl Gardener (Broncos) is almost certain to retire in the coming months due to a degenerative condition in his back, according to a source familiar with the situation. The source said Gardener's back flared up in late May, shortly before he was released by the Broncos and agreed to terms with the Cincinnati Bengals. Gardener had an MRI in Miami, and was advised to stop playing football by spine specialist Dr. Gary Gieseke. Gardener could jeopardize his ability to walk if he continues to play. The source also said a Bengals team doctor concurred with Gieseke's recommendation. Gardener has yet to file retirement papers with the NFL but is expected to do so.

2004-07-06 09:16:54 | Source:

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