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Degenerative arthritis ends playing career for Washington O-lineman

A pair of offseason shoulder surgeries will not allow Washington offensive lineman Colin Porter to heal up in time for the 2012 season; rather, they have marked the end of Porter’s playing career with the Huskies.

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian confirmed on Monday that Porter, a junior-to-be with 19 starts already under his belt, would have to give up football because of degenerative arthritis.

“It’s unfortunate for him obviously because he had a bright future in the sport, and it’s unfortunate for us because he was a bright, young player,” Sarkisian said."Obviously it’s a tough decision for a guy to make that (college) football could be over after two years of playing. He’ll earn his degree and we’ll support him every way we can academically and physically.

Sarkisian added that Porter had his second surgery last week. The good news is that Porter will be placed on medical scholarship, which will allow him to finish out his degree at the school.

The bad news is that Porter’s retirement gives the Huskies just 10 offensive linemen available this spring, two of which are walk-ons. Only one starter from the 2011 season, center Drew Schaefer, is healthy enough to practice right now.