Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel surprisingly retired from the NFL on Thursday at the age of 26.

According to CNN’s Jill Martin, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was informed of the decision on Thursday and released the following statement on Urschel: “We respect John and respect his decision. We appreciate his efforts over the past three years and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

A source told ESPN’s Jamison Hensley that the results of a recent chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) study played a role in Urschel’s retirement.

Urschel is pursuing his doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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