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Yosef_Malkovitch
08-29-2000, 03:42 PM
Only one Derrick Alexander remains in the NFL since Cleveland's DE is reportedly and mysteriously retiring.

From ESPN's roundup:

Alexander to retire? Derrick Alexander, a starter at defensive end last season for Cleveland, was placed on the reserve injured list Monday and won't be playing for the Browns anymore.

"He is not going to play again," coach Chris Palmer said. "He has a sprained right ankle and you cannot waive an injured player, but we presented Derrick with several options. I feel good that he will be with us in some capacity. Maybe even tomorrow morning."

That could be as an assistant coach.

The 26-year-old Alexander, selected in the first round of the draft by Minnesota in 1995, signed with Cleveland as a free agent last year after four seasons with the Vikings. He was so highly regarded that he was one of five players pictured on the cover of the Browns' 1999 media guide.

Hmmmm - seems like he should have some steam left. Sprained ankle seems like a poor reason to opt to retire.... I wonder what the REAL story is. FWIW, if he accepts a coaching position he [i]cannot play in the NFL again.</I>