Jared Veldheer’s NFL profession is coming to an in depth in a relatively fascinating flip of occasions. On Thursday afternoon, Area Yates of ESPN reported that the veteran offensive lineman, who’s at the moment a free agent, has been suspended for the primary six video games of the upcoming 2021 season. Within the aftermath of that information coming to gentle, Veldheer launched an announcement explaining what triggered the optimistic check and that he can be retiring from the NFL.
“I used to be prescribed low dose clomid attributable to abnormally low T (possible brought about from pituitary harm suffered from repeated blows to the top),” Veldheer’s assertion reads. “I like to recommend this to any veteran who’s combating post-football points. I additionally plan to retire right now from the NFL.”
The timing of those two items of reports coming to gentle makes it appear a bit extra reactionary than what it in all probability was for Veldheer to make his retirement choice. In actuality, the 33-year-old possible made his option to put down his helmet effectively previous to taking a banned substance by the league that he in all probability knew would set off a optimistic check and suspension.
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The 11-year veteran has performed sparingly over the previous few seasons. That mentioned, he practically made NFL historical past this postseason by taking part in for 2 completely different groups when he was on the Colts after which Packers roster. Sadly for Veldheer in his quest to search out his approach into the quirkier aspect of the NFL’s file books, he was positioned on the reserve/COVID-19 record earlier than Inexperienced Bay’s divisional spherical matchup in opposition to Los Angeles, forcing him to overlook the competition.
He started his profession as a third-round draft alternative of the then-Oakland Raiders in 2010 and performed (and began) 4 seasons at left sort out for them earlier than signing a $35 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals in 2014. He performed there till 2018 when he was traded to the Broncos. At that time, Veldheer’s profession moved from being a starter to extra of a rotational participant.