Report: Patriots rookie Dustin Woodard retires

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A Patriots draft pick has decided to retire before playing a snap in the NFL.

New England rookie center Dustin Woodard is retiring, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

A seventh-round draft pick from Memphis, Woodard has decided he no longer wants to play football, according to the report. The decision is not related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Woodard started 52 games at Memphis, first at guard and then at center. Now he has decided to walk away.