Colts tackle Anthony Castonzo retires after a decade in the NFL

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Anthony Castonzo is no longer a member of the Indianapolis Colts. He has elected to leave the game.

The left tackle was the 22nd overall pick during the 2011 NFL Draft. He spent one decade with the team.

Former Indianapolis Colts tackle Anthony Castonzo prepares to block a member of the Houston Texans
Anthony Castonzo prepares to block a member of the Houston Texans (Photo by the Associated Press/Zach Bolinger)

He walks away from the game just days after the Colts were eliminated in the playoffs. The Buffalo Bills defeated the Colts 27-24 in the wild card round on Saturday afternoon.

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Castonzo had to have season-ending ankle surgery before the Colts made the playoffs.

The 32-year-old also considered retirement after last season. However, he elected to remain with the team through a two-year extension.

He missed four games this season due to a variety of injuries. He was bothered by a rib, knee, and ankle injuries.

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“As a kid, it was my dream to play in the NFL,” Castonzo said in a statement released by the team. “I played my first full season of tackle football in second grade. Now I have played my last. As I sit here now, after a 10-year NFL career, I am extremely proud of all the hard work and sacrifice that allowed me to evolve that dream into a goal, and ultimately into a reality unlike anything I could have even imagined.”

During his career, he started 144 regular season games for the team. In addition, he also started eight playoff games.

One possibility that the Colts may choose to do in replacing Castonzo is moving All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson to left tackle.

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“Chris and I have already had that conversation obviously when A.C. got hurt,” Colts head coach Frank Reich said. “It was like, ‘Hey, well let’s take a look at Quenton, maybe that’s a real option.’ That would certainly be an option but like every other decision, you have to look at all options and consider all factors.”

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