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Erik Ainge decides to leave football

Updated: June 24, 2011, 12:17 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Erik Ainge wanted one more chance at football. His body insisted it's time to move on.

The New York Jets backup quarterback told The Associated Press on Thursday night that his playing career is over because of injuries to his right foot and throwing shoulder.

"This isn't the step I wanted, but it's the hand I'm dealt," Ainge said. "There's nothing I'd love more than to come back to New Jersey when the lockout's over and compete for a job and be around those guys ...

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