"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.
Former Patriots offensive guard
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.
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.
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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