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Schobel Retires

Former Buffalo Bill veteran defensive end Aaron Schobel has opted to retire rather than continue his 10 year NFL career with a new team.  The Bills, earlier this month, released Schobel because he threatened retirement and decided to take time off from the team until he made his choice to return or not.  The Bills decided to move on without him, and now, the Texans and Patriots, the two potential suitors for Schobel, must move on as well.  For Schobel, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported Schobel’s decision:

“Obviously, it would have been a great place to play, but at point of my career, I’m not going to sit here and tell you how I would have performed.  I’m not saying I could or couldn’t have played at my best, but I’m just not 100 percent sure…I want to be done with it. I’m going to leave it as is. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to play, anyway. I’m going to be 33 in two weeks, and I’m leaving the game on my terms and nobody else’s. I’m just going to leave it alone and retire.”

For the Texans, they will have to scurry for a capable defensive end quick.  Currently, they’ve worked out Raheem Brock (last week) but he signed with the Titans three days ago.  There are free agents Dwayne White or James Wyche available.  Also, Mario Williams was cleared to play but is still recovering from his hip/groin injury, and Tim Bulman’s shoulder injury could put him on the injured reserve.  Kubiak told the Houston Chronicle:

“We’re not in need of one as we head into the weekend, but as we move forward, we could be short of bodies, especially with the way we’re bringing Mario [Williams] along slowly.”

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