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Era ended: Browns tackle Joe Thomas retires after 11 seasons

Nothing could keep Joe Thomas off the field.

The Browns' sturdy left tackle never missed a game and never missed a single snap before a freak injury ended his 2017 season. And, sadly, his career.

The face of Cleveland's franchise for more than a decade, and one of the best offensive linemen in NFL history, Thomas retired Wednesday after 11 seasons, ending a run exemplified by durability, dependability and dominance.

A 10-time Pro Bowler, Thomas ended months of self-reflection and speculation with a bow.

"This was an extremely difficult decision, but the right one for me and my family," said Thomas, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 draft....

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