Anquan Boldin retiring from NFL to focus on humanitarian work

It appears veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin is done playing football.

According to, Boldin left Bills camp Sunday and told the team, which he signed with just 13 days prior, he is retiring.

“Football in its purest form is what we all strive for as a nation. People from all different races, religions and backgrounds working together for one shared goal,” Boldin said, via “The core values taught in football are sone of the most important you can learn in life. To always be there for the guy next to you and not let your fellow man down. You do whatever it takes to make sure your brother is OK.

However, Jospeh offered an update on Lynch’s injury after practice Monday, saying he is expected to miss “a couple games” because of a sprained right shoulder.

Lynch hurt his shoulder in Saturday’s preseason win over the Packers and was scheduled to have an MRI on Sunday to confirm there is no structural damage.

Joseph announced last Monday that Trevor Siemian will get the start under center for the season opener Sept. 11 against the Chargers. Joseph called his decision a “clear-cut” choice after Siemian started 14 games for Denver last year and outperformed Lynch during the preseason this year.

“Trevor, he was solid. He was Trevor,” Joseph said last week. “He made good decisions. His ball placement was on point tonight. He controlled the huddle. So I was pleased with Trevor.”

Lynch, 23, was Denver’s 26th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He appeared in three games as a rookie last season and recorded 497 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

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