49ers’ Chris Borland To Retire from NFL Due to Head Trauma

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Well just one week after losing ILB Patrick Willis as he abruptly retired from the NFL it looks like ILB Chris Borland is following in his footsteps. Borland told “Outside the Lines” on Monday that he is retiring because of concerns about the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma.

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Borland told outside the lines, “I just honestly want to do what’s best for my health. From what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk.”

Borland admitted to having issues dating back to training camp. “I just thought to myself, ‘What am I doing? Is this how I’m going to live my adult life, banging my head, especially with what I’ve learned and knew about the dangers?”

The 49ers release a statement on Borland’s retirement:

With the 49ers receiving the unexpected news it makes drafting an inside linebacker a top priority as ILB Michael Wilhoite will now fill in the starting role.

In 14 games last year, Borland racked up 107 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, two interceptions and five pass break-ups.

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