HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) — It looks like C.J. Fiedorowicz is calling it a career.
The Houston Texans have placed Fiedorowicz, who suffered there concussions last season and has had four since Dec. 2016, on the reserve-retired list and advanced $229,000 in salary.
The Texans released a statement on Thursday “We have a lot of respect for C.J. and we support his decision to retire,” said Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien. “I know this was a difficult decision for him. C.J. has been a great teammate and we appreciate his efforts over the past four years. We wish him success in the next phase of his life.”
Fiedorowicz, 26, was originally drafted by the Texans in the third round (65th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Iowa. He started 42-of-51 regular season games he appeared in for Houston and compiled 89 receptions for 881 yards (9.9 avg.) and six touchdowns. He also started in two-of-three postseason games for the Texans and recorded six receptions for 72 yards (12.0 avg.) and one touchdown.
He was drafted in the third round out of Iowa in 2014, during head coach Bill O’Brien’s first draft here. After having a limited impact in his first two NFL seasons, Fiedorowicz put together a quality campaign in 2016, pulling in 54 catches for 559 yards and four TDs.
After that season, Fiedorowicz was rewarded with a three-year, $22 million contract with $10 million guaranteed.
But last season, Fiedorowicz was diagnosed with three concussions. First, against the Carolina Panthers in the preseason opener. Then, against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the regular season opener. Finally, against the Tennessee Titans in Week 13.