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Browns OL Billy Yates retires

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 15, 2011
BEREA, OH - CIRCA 2010: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Billy Yates of the Cleveland Browns poses for his 2010 NFL headshot circa 2010 in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)

The Browns have placed veteran offensive lineman Billy Yates on the reserve/retired list, a team spokesman said tonight. He no longer counts toward the team's 90-man roster limit.

In his afternoon news conference, Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Yates was thinking about retiring. Yates' retirement is now official.

"It surprised me a little bit," Shurmur said. "I like Billy. Billy’s been doing a good job for us. From that standpoint, it does [surprise me]. We all have to do what we have to do."

The 31-year-old Yates was listed as the team's backup center. He recently re-signed with the Browns and was set to make a base salary of $810,000 this year.

In 2010, the 6-foot-2, 305-pound Yates started three games at right guard for the Browns before being sidelined with a season-ending biceps injury. The team went 2-1 when he was in its starting lineup.

Yates finishes his NFL career with 41 regular-season games played and 14 starts in eight seasons. He played for the Miami Dolphins, the New England Patriots and the Browns.

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