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Patriots clarify Bill Belichick’s remark about Andrew Luck’s retirement

Bill Belichick told reporters on Monday that he wasn’t aware of Andrew Luck’s retirement. Elise Amendola/AP

FOXBOROUGH — When Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday he was not aware that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck had announced his sudden retirement from the NFL on Saturday, it raised many eyebrows.

“He’s a good player,” Belichick said at Gillette Stadium. “I didn’t see that, but I haven’t really followed them. We all have to make our decisions. He made his. I respect that.”

Later Monday, the Patriots clarified his remark when the team’s transcript of his answers to questions by the media was distributed. The new quote read, “I didn’t see that [coming] …” 

Luck told reporters on Saturday night that he is stepping away from football amid his rehab for a nagging lower leg injury. The 29-year-old has suffered multiple serious injuries over the course of his six-year career.

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“I’ve been stuck in this process,’’ Luck said Saturday. “I haven’t been able to live the life I want to live.’’