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Huskies OL Dexter Charles retires from football due to knee injury

Some big news out of Huskies camp this morning, as Washington announced fifth-year senior offensive lineman Dexter Charles has retired from football due to a lingering knee injury.

With 30 starts through his first three collegiate seasons, Charles was by far the most experienced member of UW’s relatively inexperienced offensive line. A native of Camano Island, Charles has already graduated from UW and seemed a sure thing to begin the season as the Huskies’ starting left guard.

He frequently played through injury during his career, though it seemed most of his problems were in his shoulder.

“We're all very disappointed that Dexter's injury won't allow him to continue to play,” Huskies coach Chris Petersen said in a statement released by UW. "I'm grateful for his dedication and hard work and very pleased that he earned his degree. He's interested in the coaching profession, and I wish him nothing but the best."

Petersen is scheduled to speak with reporters after this morning’s practice, so we’ll likely have more then.