Jared Veldheer, a veteran offensive lineman, announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday after receiving a six-game ban for violating the league’s drug policy.
Veldheer, 33, stated in a statement that the ban was the result of a Clomid prescription. The former Arizona Cardinals lineman said he was using the medicine to treat “abnormally low” testosterone, which he attributed to “caused from pituitary damage suffered from repeated blows to the head.”
Veldheer will be leaving the NFL for the second time. In November 2019, the Green Bay Packers persuaded him out of retiring. He had announced his retirement earlier that year after signing a one-year contract with the New England Patriots.
Veldheer spent last season with the Packers after being signed off the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad during the offseason. He started at left tackle for the Colts in their wild-card defeat to the Buffalo Bills, and he had a chance to become the first player to play for two different teams in the same playoffs.
Veldheer, on the other hand, tested positive for COVID-19 and was ineligible to play for the Packers.
Veldheer was taken by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the 2010 draft out of Division II Hillsdale College. He started 114 regular-season games with the Raiders (2010-13), Cardinals (2014-17), Denver Broncos (2018), Packers (2019), and Colts (2020).