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Patriots rookie offensive lineman Dustin Woodard retires

Dustin Woodard
Dustin Woodard. Roger Steinman/AP Photo

Patriots offensive lineman Dustin Woodard, who was chosen in the seventh round of the draft by New England this past spring, has decided to retire, per a league source.

Woodard is a 6-foot-1, 290-pounder who was All-American Athletic Conference first team in 2018. He played center and guard over the course of his college career, but moved to center full-time in 2019 and started all 14 games this past season.

He was taken with the 230th overall selection in the 2020 Draft.

According to a league source, COVID-19 did not play a factor in his decision.

In addition, the team has released undrafted rookie defensive end Nick Coe.

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