NFL Shocker: 49ers’ Borland Retires At 24 Over Head-Injury Fears

CBS New York

SAN FRANCISCO (CBSNewYork/AP) — Another star member of San Francisco’s vaunted defense is calling it a career.

The 49ers announced late Monday that linebacker Chris Borland is retiring after one season, without offering specifics.

Borland told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” earlier Monday that he is retiring following his standout rookie season because of concerns about head trauma.

“While unexpected, we certainly respect Chris’ decision,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. “From speaking with Chris, it was evident that he had put a great deal of thought into this decision. He was a consummate professional from day one and a very well-respected member of our team and community.

“Chris is a determined young man that overcame long odds in his journey to the NFL and we are confident he will use the same approach to become very successful in his future endeavors. We will always consider him a 49er and wish…

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