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Patriots G Neal retiring from NFL

Starting Patriots right guard Stephen Neal is retiring after 10 years in the NFL.

Neal had considered retirement last offseason, but ended up re-signing with the Patriots on a two-year deal. He was scheduled to earn $3 million in 2011.

Neal played in eight games in 2010 before landing on the season-ending injured reserve list with a shoulder injury.

Six-year veteran Dan Connolly filled in and is the projected starter at right guard entering 2011.