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Monday, July 21, 2014

Giants Injury Update: Chris Snee retires


By on 7/21/2014 07:00:00 PM

New York Giants guard Chris Snee missed June's minicamp as he continued to recover from offseason elbow surgery, which led to speculation about his status for the coming season. ESPN's Dan Graziano originally reported on Sunday night that Snee would announce his retirement, and an official announcement came on Monday.

Snee was originally drafted by the Giants in 2004 (second round-34th overall) and immediately stepped in at right guard, starting 152 of a possible 158 games (including playoffs) from 2004-2012. He earned four Pro Bowl selections during his career (2008-2010, 2012) and he was part of Giants' squads that won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.

Snee missed the final 13 games of 2013 due to hip and elbow issues, and not surprisingly the Giants struggled to run the ball (83.3 yards per game; 29th in the league) without their long-time mainstay at right guard. The slow recovery from this offseason's elbow surgery will force Snee into retirement after 10 NFL seasons at age 32, and the Giants are now left to find a permanent replacement for him.

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