Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Veteran offensive lineman Eric Steinbach retires


Offensive guard Eric Steinbach left camp and retired from the NFL less than a month after the Miami Dolphins signed the eight-year veteran offensive lineman, Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Steinbach, a former Pro Bowl player who has started all but one of the 125 games he's played, was signed with the belief he'd compete for the starting right guard spot. But he only practiced as a right guard once because he'd spent all of his career on the left side.

"He's had an exceptional career in the NFL. He's an eight year starter," said Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, whom Steinbach played for at Iowa. "He's got a wonderful young family and his wife is expecting another child here soon. I enjoyed having him on the ball club, even though it was for a short period of time. I wish him all the best.

"I think a lot of him. I remember when he was 18 years old and we had to pull his teeth out to get him to move from tight end to offensive guard [in college].

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