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NFL: Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Blake Martinez announces retirement

Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Blake Martinez, who joined the team more than a month ago, announced on social media last Thursday that he would be retiring.

The 28-year-old Martinez announced his retirement four days after their loss last Sunday to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“I’ve had an incredible journey with incredible organizations and made lifelong friendships,” Martinez said on Instagram. I decided to take a step back from my career and focus on my family and my future passions! I am excited about this new adventure and I thank all the supporters and organizations that have supported me over the years! »

Martinez missed Wednesday’s practice due to personal issues. The team posted their congratulations to Martinez on Twitter, adding, “Good luck on your new adventure. »

Martinez’s retirement came after star tight end Darren Waller and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow were added to the injured list. His retirement from football has left a void at linebacker ahead of Sunday’s game when they host the Indianapolis Colts.

The Raiders placed Divine Deablo on injured reserve Monday with a forearm injury and Denzel Perryman with a rib and hip injury. Jayon Brown hasn’t played a game since week four due to a thigh muscle injury. The Raiders also released safety Johnathan Abram, who was a 2019 first-round pick, last Tuesday.

Martinez was a fourth-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2016 and spent the last two seasons with the New York Giants before signing with the Raiders on Oct. 4. He appeared in two of four meetings with Las Vegas and had 20 tackles, including 14 alone. In 84 games, he had 74 starts and had 13 quarterback sacks and four interceptions.

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