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Offensive Tackle Tra Thomas Announces Retirement

After only being a part of the Chargers organization for a little over two months, veteran offensive tackle Tra Thomas has announced that he is going to retire from the NFL.

Thomas was brought in by the Chargers as an insurance policy for Marcus McNeill, who is currently holding out over a contract dispute. Since joining the team, Thomas has been bothered by some injuries, leading him to have arthoscopic knee surgery on August 3rd. Initially, it was thought that he would only miss two weeks of practice, but it seems as though Thomas was unwilling to go any further with the injury.

According to Thomas’ agent Peter Shaffer, “Thomas retired on his own. He’s at peace with the decision. He’s had a great run.”

After spending the first 11 seasons of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, Thomas headed to Jacksonville in 2009, playing eight games as a Jaguar. He is a three-time Pro Bowler.

This leaves the Chargers even thinner at the offensive tackle spot, which suprisingly didn’t stuggle too much during their first pre-season game. Today will be a big measure of whether there is any sort of stability at the position as they test themselves out against the Dallas Cowboys.

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