Thursday Feb. 5, 2009
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Todd Weiner, who battled back from a knee injury to start 11 games for the Atlanta Falcons in 2008, is retiring.
Weiner said Thursday he is ending his 11-year career with the Falcons and Seattle Seahawks.
Weiner started 118 of 152 career games and helped the Falcons lead the NFL in yards rushing in 2004-06 and rank second in 2008. Atlanta's offensive line allowed a franchise record-low 17 sacks in 2008.
Weiner returned from extensive reconstructive surgery on his left knee to share time with rookie Sam Baker last season. Coach Mike Smith said Weiner "epitomizes toughness, grit and everything a championship caliber football player should be."
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