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  • Zach Strief: Officially retires from football

    Strief announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday.

    Strief has officially called it quits on his NFL career after being taken in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Northwestern. He spent his entire 12-year career with New Orleans, appearing in 158 regular-season games with 93 starts, not to mention an additional 10 postseason contests. He served as an offensive captain five times in total and retires with a piece of hardware in the form of a Super Bowl XLIV championship ring.

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  • Saints' Zach Strief: Expected to retire

    Strief (knee) is expected to retire, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Though Strief has not publicly announced his decision to retire, it's not expected that he'll return for a 13th campaign. He ended up on injured reserve after just two weeks in 2017 and has battled through numerous minor injuries throughout his career. Ryan Ramczyk, the Saints' first-round pick last year, will continue to hold down the fort at left tackle going forward.

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  • Saints' Zach Strief: Pondering retirement

    Strief (knee) indicated Tuesday that he's considering retirement after undergoing season-ending surgery in November to repair his ACL and MCL, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports. "As much time as you have [to think about retirement], the finality of a season always kind of brings with it new feelings and different feelings," Strief said. "So I think it's always something that you kind of take a couple weeks and get away from it completely and then make that decision."

    Coming off one of his best seasons in 2016, Strief was limited to just two appearances during the past season before landing on injured reserve. The 34-year-old right tackle, who has spent his entire 12-year career in New Orleans, said he believes he can come back and be physically ready to play in 2018, but it's unclear if he's mentally prepared for the rigors of another NFL campaign. In the event Strief does decide to call it quits, the Saints are well positioned to replace him after rookie first-round pick Ryan Ramczyk performed admirably in the veteran's stead.

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  • Saints' Zach Strief: Won't return this season

    Strief (knee) will not return off injured reserve this season after having surgery to repair his ACL and MCL, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

    Strief was placed on injured reserve in early October with the hopes of returning by avoiding surgery, but that ended up not being possible. Now facing a recovery from a torn ACL and MCL at age 34, Strief's NFL future is certainly in doubt.

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  • Saints' Zach Strief: Putting off surgery on knee

    Strief (knee) said he hopes to avoid surgery to address a sprained MCL and thinks he'll be able to return from injured reserve at some point in December, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

    Strief, the Saints' starting right tackle, injured his knee in Week 4 and has since been replaced by rookie first-round pick Ryan Ramczyk. It's likely that Ramczyk will be the team's long-term answer at that position, but Strief, an 11-year veteran, is still optimistic about returning to the field in what could be the final season of his career. The Saints will monitor his progress in the weeks to come before discerning whether or not a return from IR is feasible before the year is out.

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  • Saints' Zach Strief: Placed on IR

    Strief (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports.

    Strief ended up on the IR after suffering a knee injury in Sunday's win over the Dolphins. It's a big blow for the Saints, but offensive line coach Dan Roushar noted that the veteran could be a candidate to return later in the year. Until then, expect Bryce Harris to take over as the starting right tackle.

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  • Saints' Zach Strief: Hurts knee Sunday

    Strief left Sunday's game against the Dolphins with a knee injury and is questionable to return, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

    Strief has been struggling with a knee injury all season, and this was the first game he's suited up. It's unclear if this is the same knee, so stay tuned for updates.

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  • Saints' Zach Strief: Suits up Sunday

    Strief (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

    With Strief active for the first time since since Week 1, Ryan Ramczyk figures to shift back over from right tackle to left tackle Sunday, in order to fill in for Terron Armstead.

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  • Saints' Zach Strief: Questionable for Week 4

    Strief (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

    Strief logged a full practice Friday, so it seems more likely than not he'll be given the green light to play. If he's ultimately ruled out, the Saints will continue to count on rookie Ryan Ramczyk to man a starting spot at tackle.

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  • Saints' Zach Strief: Returns to practice Wednesday

    Strief (knee) returned to practice Wednesday in limited fashion, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

    Strief missed Weeks 2 and 3 with a sprained MCL, which he sustained in the season-opening loss to the Vikings. If Strief is able to practice Thursday and Friday in some capacity, he'll have a good shot at taking the field in Week 4 against the Dolphins.

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  • Saints' Zach Strief: Ruled out for Week 3

    Strief (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

    Strief did not practice this week after spraining his MCL in the season opener. The Saints will be without both starting offensive tackles against the Panthers on Sunday, as Terron Armstead (shoulder) is also ruled out.

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  • Saints' Zach Strief: Inactive Sunday

    Strief (knee) is inactive for Sunday's tilt against the Patriots.

    Strief sprained his MCL last week and was unable to practice this week. He's expected to be out multiple weeks, likely meaning Senio Kelemete will get an extended run as the starting right tackle in his place.

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  • Saints' Zach Strief: Does not practice Wednesday

    Strief (knee) did not participate at practice Wednesday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

    This scenario was expected after it was reported Tuesday that Strief would miss multiple weeks with an MCL sprain. Senio Kelemete replaced Strief in Monday night's game against the Vikings and is the likely starter at right tackle given the current situation.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-7, 320 lbs
Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH, USA
Age: 40
School: Northwestern
Experience: 13