NEW YORK (AP) -- Jets backup quarterback Erik Ainge says he is moving on from his football playing career because of injuries to his right foot and throwing shoulder.
The 25-year-old Ainge tells The Associated Press on Thursday night that this "isn't the next step I wanted, but it's the hand I'm dealt." Ainge, nearly a year clean of drugs and alcohol, missed all last NFL season while dealing with recovery from his addictions. He had surgery on his foot in January, an injury that plagued him for years, and he recently tweeted that he was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff.
Ainge says he is grateful to the Jets, but couldn't tell them of his decision personally because of the strict no-contact rules during the NFL lockout.
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