Armstead retires without ever playing for Patriots

Armstead retires without ever playing for Patriots
July 16, 2014, 3:45 pm
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The most mysterious Patriots player in recent history will remain just that.

Armond Armstead, who the Patriots signed on Feb. 1, 2013 from the Toronto Argonauts, announced his retirement on Wednesday.

The defensive lineman, 23, never played a game for the Patriots, as he dealt with injuries that prevented him from getting on the field. He suffered a heart attack in college, which led to him going undrafted and being forced to play in Canada, where he excelled before the Patriots signed him.

Almost a year ago Armstead underwent a surgery to prevent an infection, according to a team statement. He was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List on Aug. 26, 2013. At that time, he was expected to make a full recovery. He did not recover in time to join the team that season, however.

Bill Belichick had nothing but good things to say about Armstead in a statement given out by the team on Wednesday.

“It has been a pleasure being around Armond, as he gave everything he could to play for us. Armond worked extremely hard since joining us last February. He’s had a lot of adversity personally that he’s had to deal with – unusual compared to most other players – but he’s always had a great attitude, worked hard and really did everything we asked him to do. While it is unfortunate he will not be able to play football, Armond is an outstanding young man who has a very bright future in whatever path he chooses.”