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Patriots OL Dan Connolly announces retirement
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Patriots offensive lineman Dan Connolly has decided to retire, according to ESPN. The 32-year-old Connolly said he could have played at least one more season and had interest from NFL teams, but he didn't want to move his family to another city and also cited health reasons as the "biggest factor" in his decision. 

"It's important to me to leave the game healthy," Connolly said. "I'm able to be here for my kids and walk away on my own terms. I feel like I got everything I could out of football in playing 10 years, winning a Super Bowl, and playing alongside some truly great players."

Connolly entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2005 with the Jaguars. He played four games for Jacksonville in 2005 and didn't appear in another NFL game until 2008 with the Patriots.

He appeared in 89 games (71 starts) in his career. He also appeared in 12 postseason games and was part of the Patriots' Super Bowl team last season.

"It definitely played a part in it; helped me sleep better. I'm more at ease with the decision," Connolly said when asked if winning the Super Bowl was a catalyst to retire.

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Report: Buccaneers bringing in Dan Connolly for a visit
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Former Patriots offensive guard Dan Connolly will visit the Buccaneers on Tuesday, per a report by Fox's Ross Jones, citing a source. 

Connolly has played in 87 games for the Patriots in the last seven years and hasn't played in fewer than 13 games in a season since 2008. 

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Report: Patriots want Dan Connolly back, four others interested
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Patriots want to re-sign offensive lineman Dan Connolly, but the Seahawks, Bears, Buccaneers and Dolphins all have interest in the free agent, NFL.com reports.

Connolly rated 72nd out of 78 guards in 2014, per Pro Football Focus, but has served as a starter on the New England offensive line for the last six seasons. He would likely line up at center in Seattle or Chicago and at guard with the Buccaneers or Dolphins.

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Patriots' inactives filled with stars on both sides of the ball
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

The Patriots have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's game against the Bills: Dan Connolly, Sebastian Vollmer, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, Jonas Gray, Dont'a Hightower and Brandon Browner.

Gray missed Friday's practice while dealing with an ankle injury and was ruled out for the game. 

Browner (groin) and Hightower (shoulder) were both questionable coming into the contest.

The Patriots have also clinched a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

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Patriots list lengthy injury report for final regular season game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

The Patriots listed 18 players on its final injury report for Week 17 against Buffalo. Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) was the only player on the report listed as probable, while running back Jonas Gray (ankle) and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring) were ruled out. The rest were deemed questionable.

The others include long snapper Danny Aiken (finger), cornerback Kyle Arrington (hamstring), running back LeGarrette Blount (shoulder), cornerback Brandon Browner (groin), linebacker Jamie Collins, offensive lineman Dan Connolly (knee), wide receiver Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion), offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (ankle), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), defensive end Chandler Jones (hip), wide receiver Brandon LaFell (shoulder), defensive end Rob Ninkovich (heel), running back Shane Vereen (ankle), offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer and linebacker Chris White (ankle).

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Schedule
Games Played
YearTeamGGS
2005Jacksonville Jaguars40
2006Jacksonville Jaguars00
2007New England Patriots00
2008New England Patriots10
2009New England Patriots144
2010New England Patriots1413
2011New England Patriots1311
2012New England Patriots1414
2013New England Patriots1616
2014New England Patriots1313
TOTAL8971
Kick Returns
YearTeamGNoYdsAvgLgTD40+
2005Jacksonville Jaguars400---000
2006Jacksonville Jaguars000---000
2007New England Patriots000---000
2008New England Patriots100---000
2009New England Patriots1411616.01600
2010New England Patriots1439030.07101
2011New England Patriots1300---000
2012New England Patriots1400---000
2013New England Patriots1600---000
2014New England Patriots1300---000
TOTAL89410626.57101
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2005Jacksonville Jaguars400.000000.0000
2006Jacksonville Jaguars000.000000.0000
2007New England Patriots000.000000.0000
2008New England Patriots100.000000.0000
2009New England Patriots1400.000000.0000
2010New England Patriots1400.000000.0000
2011New England Patriots1300.000000.0000
2012New England Patriots1400.000000.0000
2013New England Patriots1600.000000.0000
2014New England Patriots1310.010000.0000
TOTAL8910.010000.0000
Fumbles
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2005Jacksonville Jaguars400000000
2006Jacksonville Jaguars000000000
2007New England Patriots000000000
2008New England Patriots100000000
2009New England Patriots1400000000
2010New England Patriots1400000000
2011New England Patriots1300000000
2012New England Patriots1400000000
2013New England Patriots1600000000
2014New England Patriots1300010010
TOTAL8900010010
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-4/305
Birthdate:
9/2/1982
Age:
32
Hometown:
St. Louis, MO, USA
School:
Southeast Missouri State
NFL Experience:
10
Awards:
2016 Super Bowl
Super Bowl
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2016 Super Bowl
Super Bowl