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Arian Foster retires from Miami Dolphins, NFL effective immediately

NFL: Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster has announced his retirement, using the Uninterrupted to release his reasoning. Foster joined the Dolphins this summer after recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.

Foster began his career as an undrafted free agent signing by the Houston Texans. In seven seasons with the team, he rushed for 6,472 yards with 54 touchdowns on 1,454 carries. He also caught 249 receptions for 2,268 yards and 14 scores. Foster was selected to four Pro Bowls with Houston, and was a one-time First-Team All-Pro selection.

Since signing with Miami, Foster has carries the ball 22 times in four games, picking up 55 yards along with six receptions for 78 yards. He missed time this season due to a hamstring and groin injury suffered in the second game of the year. He began the year as the team’s starter but had been surpassed by Jay Ajayi in recent weeks.

In his statement on the Uninterrupted, Foster said he is at peace with his decision, and he knows it is the right time, even if it is strange to do it in the middle of the season. Foster thanked the Miami Dolphins organization for the chance they gave him to continue his career this season, but he also realizes that his body “can’t take the punishment this game asks for any longer.” He also thanked the team for allowing him to “bow out with grace and making this process as easy as possible.”

Thank you for the leadership and experience you brought to the team, Arian. Sorry your body could not take it, but at least you are walking away with your head held high.