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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 19:39

New England Patriots DL Armond Armstead Retires

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One of the questions heading into training camp has been answered today. As the now former New England Patriots defensive lineman announced his retirement via Patriots.com.

"It has been a pleasure being around Armond, as he gave everything he could to play for us. Armond worked extremely hard since joining us last February. He's had a lot of adversity personally that he's had to deal with – unusual compared to most other players – but he's always had a great attitude, worked hard and really did everything we asked him to do. While it is unfortunate he will not be able to play football, Armond is an outstanding young man who has a very bright future in whatever path he chooses." - Head coach Bill Belichick comments on Armond Armstead retirement.

Armstead, missed the 2013 season after undergoing a procedure for an undisclosed infection. He was absent from Patriots offseason activities.

It is unknown whether or not this is related to issues after Armstead suffering a heart attack in college, tied the use of a painkiller provided, by University of Southern California. Armstead is currently suing the school because of the effects the drug had on him.

Armstead's career has come to a halt at the age of 23. 

This of course opens up a spot on the roster with the team only days away from opening training camp.