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The retirement of Troy Brown dominates this morning's headlines as the greatest receiver in franchise history put an end to his 15-year career Thursday during a press conference at Gillette Stadium.

Labeled as the ultimate Patriot, Brown holds the franchise record for most career receptions and is second to Wes Welkeron the list for single-season catches with 101 in 2001.

Brown also spent time as a nickelback on defense toward the end of his career when the Patriots were thin in the secondary.

Brown had a chance to sign with the New York Jets, but decided he'd rather retire a Patriot.

"The colors weren't right," Brown told the Boston Herald.

While he wishes he could still play, Brown feels now is the time to move on with his life.

Brown cited his age (36) as a factor in the move.

In other news, the offensive line is taking responsibility for Sunday's loss to Miami in which quarterback Matt Casselfaced a surplus of pressure from the Dolphins' defense.

Running back Laurence Maroneycould be closer to returning from his shoulder injury after practicing in full pads Thursday.

Maroney is frustrated that he's been hurt so much, but is looking forward to contributing in the coming weeks.

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