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DT Killings Retiring From Football

Cedrick Killings, the Texans defensive tackle who broke his neck in September against the Indianapolis Colts, told Houston’s Fox News Thursday that he will be retiring from football. Although the injury should not leave lingering effects, its Killings’ time to play it safe. “If I can’t perform at a high level, and if there is a high risk, then it’s time to do what’s best for my family and not play anymore.”

Killings was signed in the 2007 offseason, released to slim the roster before the season, then signed to the practice squad during the season, and given a chance to play in the NFL for the Texans. He registered 1 tackle against the Panthers before leaving on a stretcher with a fractured C-4 vertebra against Indianapolis in Week 3. Kubiak gave the 310lb Killings a chance to play after impressing in practices which led to his game play for the Texans. He manhandled offensive linemen, stopped up gaps, held his positioning and affected the Carolina run game which only put out 66 yards against the Texans in Week 2.

Killings said on his retirement, “”It is emotional, I’ve been going back and forth with it. It was a real tough decision because I’ve always been able to bounce back.”

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