Bears LB Jerrell Freeman announces retirement

Free-agent inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman officially called it a career after six seasons in the NFL.

Freeman, who the Bears released in February, announced his retirement Wednesday afternoon on Twitter, citing his health and family as top priorities.

The 6-foot, 235-pound Freeman entered the league in 2008 as an undrafted free agent out of Mary Haydin-Baylor with the Titans but was released before the start of the regular season.

The 2017 season didn’t produce a comeback tour for the linebacker.

Freeman landed on injured reserve with a concussion and pectoral injury suffered in the regular-season opener against the Falcons. In October, he was suspended 10 games for another violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

On his NFL career, the 32-year-old Freeman appeared in 70 games all starts and totaled 598 tackles (390 solo), 12 sacks, four interceptions, 20 passes defensed and eight forced fumbles.

Not great news, but it’s not worse-case news either, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said before the Yankees and Astros played at Minute Maid Park.

Worse case would have been a ligament tear and season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Flexor strains often are precursors to Tommy John surgery, but the Yankees believe that won’t happen in this case.

There’s nothing that would suggest that at this time, Boone said. It’s a strain of the flexor. I think it’s pretty straightforward and clear of what it is, so the three-week shutdown is kind of the timeline.

The Yankees’ No. 5 starter, Montgomery was placed on the 10-day disabled list and is expected to be able to resume throwing in three weeks.

Montgomery didn’t seem overly concerned in his post-game interview.

Penny, 5’11 and 220 pounds, faces the expectation of instant production as an every-down back. It’s something he’s capable of, or Pete Carroll and the Seahawks wouldn’t have made him the pick, as elusiveness and strong cuts make him more than potent at the next level upon arrival. 

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