Prior to their rookie camp this past weekend, the Minnesota Vikings waived five players, including two offensive linemen. One of them, tackle Antonio Richardson, went on to announce his retirement because of knee issues. Now, the other offensive lineman released that day is retiring with medical issues as well.
According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer press, guard Austin Wentworth is ending his NFL career after one season due to an illness. The nature of the illness has not been disclosed, but it is said to have come up suddenly and that Wentworth says that he will be okay long-term.
Wentworth has been placed on the team's reserve/non-football illness list, and the team is doing what they can to help him out.
Wentworth saw action in seven games in his only season as a member of the Vikings.
Here's wishing Austin Wentworth the best in his fight against his illness and the best of luck going forward as well.