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Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson announced his retirement yesterday and cited the aftereffects of multiple concussions he had suffered over the years as being the reason for his retirement. Jerome Solomon of the Boston Globe reports that during a conference call last night, Johnson said that as much as he wanted to play, his body just didn't feel right. "I just couldn't ignore it anymore," said Johnson "I knew something wasn't right." Michael Felger of the Boston Herald, Tom Curran of the Providence Journal and Alan Greenberg of the Hartford Courant also report on Ted Johnson's retirement.

Jerome Solomon of the Boston Globe reports that the Patriots offered no official comment yesterday on whether defensive end Richard Seymour was present with the veterans who were scheduled to report for training camp, but the team Wednesday had placed him on the league's reserve/did not report list.

Michael Felger of the Boston Globe and Tom Curran of the Providence Journal both report that Jarvis Green and Mike Vrabel both have agreed to terms on long-term extensions with the Patriots. Felger notes that there is still no news on Richard Seymour's contract situation and he continues to hold out of training camp.

Mike Reiss of the MetroWest Daily News offers his daily sports blog with Patriots notes.

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