Patriots DL Armond Armstead retires

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New England Patriots first-year DL Armond Armstead announced his retirement on Wednesday.

Armstead, 23, signed with the Patriots on Feb. 1, 2013, after one season with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.  He was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List on Aug. 26, 2013.

“It has been a pleasure being around Armond, as he gave everything he could to play for us. Armond worked extremely hard since joining us last February,” coach Bill Belichick said in a statement. “He’s had a lot of adversity personally that he’s had to deal with – unusual compared to most other players – but he’s always had a great attitude, worked hard and really did everything we asked him to do. While it is unfortunate he will not be able to play football, Armond is an outstanding young man who has a very bright future in whatever path he chooses.”

He compiled 43 tackles, two special teams tackles and six sacks with Toronto.

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