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Ravens’ John Urschel, lineman and PhD candidate, retires from NFL aged 26

Lineman pursuing PhD in offseason retires from NFL after three seasonsUrschel’s decision reportedly linked to CTE study released two days ago

Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel has abruptly retired from the NFL after just three seasons, the team announced on Thursday.

The 26-year-old from Winnipeg, who is a doctoral candidate in applied mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was expected to compete for a starting role at center or guard in training camp, which gets under way this week in suburban Baltimore.

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