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C.J. Fiedorowicz: Texans TE retires after concussion-filled season

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Alex Butler
Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz. Photo courtesy of the Houston Texans/Twitter,
Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz. Photo courtesy of the Houston Texans/Twitter,

March 15 (UPI) -- Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz has decided to retire.

The Texans added the 26-year-old to the reserve/retired list on Thursday afternoon. Fiedorowicz was a third round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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"We have a lot of respect for C.J. and we support his decision to retire," said Texans coach Bill O'Brien said in a team news release.

"I know this was a difficult decision for him. C.J. has been a great teammate and we appreciate his efforts over the past four years. We wish him success in the next phase of his life."

Fiedorowicz had 127 yards on 14 receptions in five games last season. He had 559 yards and four scores on 54 receptions in 15 games in 2016. The Iowa product appeared in 16 games in 2015 and 15 games during his rookie campaign.

For his career, Fiedorowicz had 881 yards, six touchdowns and 89 receptions in 51 appearances, including 42 starts.

The retirement comes after Fiedorowicz suffered three concussions during the 2017 season. Fiedorowicz signed a three-year, $21.5 million contract extension with the Texans in August, which included $10 million guaranteed.

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The tight end was originally due $5 million in 2018, but had a stipulation in his contract which reduced his salary by $2.8 million if the contract was terminated due to a pre-existing condition like a concussion, according to the Houston Chronicle.

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