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Glover calls it quits after 13 seasons notes

ST. LOUIS — Veteran defensive tackle La’Roi Glover is retiring after 13 NFL seasons.

Glover, who turns 35 on July 4, spent the past three seasons with the St. Louis Rams. He was not re-signed following the 2008 season, when he had 30 tackles only one-half sack.

He was selected by Oakland in the fifth round of the 1996 draft. After a year with the Raiders, he played five seasons in New Orleans and four in Dallas before signing with the Rams as a free agent prior to the 2006 season.

Glover had 627 tackles and 83.5 sacks for his career. He led the NFL with 17 sacks for the Saints in 2000, a rare feat for a defensive tackle.

PACKERS

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins showed up for the team’s mandatory minicamp, though he clearly doesn’t consider his contract situation resolved.

Collins said Monday that he was happy to be back after skipping all but one of the team’s voluntary workouts and was committed to the team.

He didn’t want to talk about his contract, which runs through the end of this season. Asked if he would show up for training camp if the team didn’t redo his deal, Collins said simply: “We’ll see.”

VIKINGS

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have signed seventh-round draft pick Jamarca Sanford.

Sanford is a safety who started all 44 games he played at Mississippi and was a team captain during his senior year. Sanford earned SEC defensive player of the week honors after he had 11 tackles in the Rebels’ upset of eventual national champion Florida.

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