Former Chargers center Bob Hallen, and now Browns backup center, who got injured a few days after LeCharles Bentley did, is now going to retire.
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Updated: Aug. 11, 2006, 12:56 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli
Eight-year veteran Bob Hallen, who was projected to start at center for the Cleveland Browns after LeCharles Bentley suffered a season-ending patella tendon injury on the first day of training camp, will announce his retirement Friday.
Hallen, 31, left the team on his own earlier this week, citing back problems. His absence, coach Romeo Crennel said at the time, was not excused.
Tests conducted by his own doctor, a West Coast specialist, apparently revealed that Hallen has a pair of herniated discs and that he also suffers from a condition known as stenosis, which is essentially an abnormally narrow spinal column.
Browns officials have not commented on Hallen's physical condition. When he left camp, Crennel said generically that Hallen had "medical and personal issues."
There have been indications for the last several days that Hallen was considering retirement.
A second-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in the 1998 draft, Hallen has appeared in 86 games for his career, with 47 starts. The former Kent State standout spent four seasons with the Falcons (1998-2001), signed with San Diego as a free agent in 2002, and played the past four seasons for the Chargers.