Jeremy Newberry retires

A reader pointed out earlier today that veteran center Jeremy Newberry said on his Facebook page that he’s retiring from football.

We’ve confirmed that, indeed, Newberry is done.

Per a league source, Newberry has been having trouble with a knee on which microfracture surgery was performed roughly five years ago. 

“As he was getting ready for camp,” the source said, “his knee just got worse and worse.”

The Falcons cut Alex Stepanovich not long after signing Newberry, so there’s a chance that, unlike another former Falcons who was cut earlier this year, Stepanovich might be coming back to Atlanta.

11 responses to “Jeremy Newberry retires

  1. Too bad, but i thought it would be a little shaky to have the only two players at a position to have over 10 years experience. Stepanovich was/is a decent backup. McClure is pretty sold anyway. We oughta draft a center next year, or trade for a younger experienced one to replace him eventually.

  2. Regardless of what anyone says, Newberry was a damn good player. It’s just unfortunate that injuries hampered him. There was a time the guy played injured for about 11 or 12 games and just couldn’t do it anymore and had to call it a season. Damn good player IMO, good luck Newberry.

  3. downsouth49er says:
    July 21, 2009 12:44 PM
    Regardless of what anyone says, Newberry was a damn good player. It’s just unfortunate that injuries hampered him.
    Ki-Jana Carter is that you?

  4. The Falcons wouldn’t have gotten rid of Stepanovich in the first place (by signing Newberry a few weeks ago) if he had what O-line coach Paul Boudreau wants from his players. Stepanovich was with the team for over a year, so he had a good long look, and things didn’t work out, so another vet will come in down the line. Brett Romberg as a back-up center is decent, but played his way out of the starting line-up with the Rams last year (in the preseason). Maybe the Falcons will pick up a waiver wire body after the preseason, just like last years acquisition of TE Justin Peelle. If Stepanovich does return, it’s just to keep the seat warm for someone else. Also, G/C Ben Wilkerson has been with the team for 2 years, played in every game as a reserve in 2007, and played in 13 games as a reserve in 2008. Stepanovich made only 4 appearances last year, so there we have it. Have what? It.

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