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Seahawks star lineman retires

SEATTLE — Four-time All-Pro Seahawks offensive tackle Walter Jones retired after 13 seasons.

Jones, 36, who missed the final weeks of 2008 and all of 2009 for knee surgery and a follow-up procedure, made the announcement in a team news release Thursday. A news conference is scheduled for today, and the team will retire his No. 71 jersey.

"What a great day to be a seahawk," Jones posted on his Twitter page.

The sixth overall pick in 1997 out of Florida State went to eight Pro Bowls. He led a line that helped Shaun Alexander to what was then the fourth-best rushing game in NFL history, 266 yards against Oakland on Nov. 11, 2001. On Sept. 29, 2002, Alexander scored an NFL-record five first-half touchdowns against Minnesota.

And in 2005, Jones powered the line for Alexander's MVP season, during which he ran for 1,880 yards, scored a then-record 28 touchdowns and led Seattle to its only Super Bowl berth.

Titans star tailback misses minicamp

NASHVILLE — The Titans' Chris Johnson, who last season became the sixth player to rush for 2,000 yards, is staying away from a voluntary minicamp in hopes of getting a new contract.

Johnson has three years left on the $12 million contract he signed in 2008, which includes a guaranteed $7 million. But his base salary for 2010 is $550,000.

"He eventually will come back," coach Jeff Fisher said. "We are concerned about those that are here right now. He knows what it takes to get into shape and to do those things."

Johnson did not return messages.

Roethlisberger case continues for cops

Anthony Barravecchio and Ed Joyner, the off-duty police officers who were working for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger the night he was accused of sexual assault, still face investigations that could cost them their full-time jobs.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's file on the case, witnesses and Roethlisberger's accuser say Barravecchio escorted the woman to a restroom, where she says Roethlisberger forced her to have sex. The accuser's friend said Joyner refused to intervene when asked to do so.

Officials in the Pittsburgh suburb of Coraopolis, where Barravecchio works, said they expect a decision in about a week. A police internal investigation for Joyner, a Pennsylvania state trooper, is under way with no timetable for a decision.

Officials in Milledgeville, Ga., declined to prosecute Roethlisberger.

Eagles: Kevin Kolb, the starting quarterback after the trade of Donovan McNabb, signed a one-year extension through 2011. His agent said Kolb is guaranteed $12.26 million over the next two seasons.

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