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Veteran LB James Laurinaitis announces retirement after eight seasons

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James Laurinaitis, who was regarded as one of the NFL’s most productive, reliable middle linebackers announced on Tuesday he’s retiring after eight seasons in the league.

Laurinaitis took to Twitter to make the announcement, saying that while he still loves the game, his body says “it’s time to move on.”

Laurinaitis, 30, was a second-round pick in 2009 by the Rams after a stellar career at Ohio State. Laurinaitis started all 112 games during his seven years with the Rams, compiling 16.5 sacks, 853 total tackles, 33 passes defended, 10 interceptions and eight fumble recoveries.

He left as the Rams’ franchise leader in solo tackles (654) and assists on tackles (199), and was one of only three defensive players to start every game from 2009 to ’15.

Laurinaitis was released during the Rams in February 2016, shortly after the NFL approved their move to Los Angeles. He signed with the New Orleans Saints about a month later.

In New Orleans Laurinaitis played in only six games before landing on injured reserve because of a recurring quad injury, prompting the team to waive him in November.

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