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Colts' Jack Mewhort Retires From NFL After 4 Seasons
Updated August 2, 2018 7:02 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) - It was a stunner out of Colts training camp on Wednesday as offensive lineman Jack Mewhort abruptly announced his retirement at the age of 26 after four seasons with the team.

Knee injuries have plagued Mewhort since 2013 and helped lead to his decision.

"I would like to thank the Irsay family and the entire Colts organization for giving me the opportunity to live a childhood dream," he said in a statement. "The fans and the city of Indianapolis have treated me like one of their own, and I am forever grateful. Wearing the Horseshoe was one of the biggest honors I have ever known, and I will always bleed blue."

The former second-round pick was limited to 10 games in 2016 before being placed on IR and last season played in only five games before being shut down again.

"He fought through injuries and played through pain," General Manager Chris Ballard said in a statement. "He is a selfless player who always carried a team-first mentality."

The Colts are now likely to look to either second-round pick Braden Smith or veteran Matt Slauson to replace Mewhort.

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