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Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander plans to retire after the season

Lorenzo Alexander, Bills

Buffalo Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said after the Bills’ regular-season finale on Sunday that he plans to retire when Buffalo’s season ends:

“Yes, obviously, it was a decision I made before the season, and at this point, we still have to play Houston next week,’’ Alexander said, according to Leo Roth and Ryan Miller of The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. “My mind hasn’t even processed transition yet, so I’m still in this thing 100 percent. Once you start thinking about life after football, you kind of take some of the focus away from the guys and what’s important. The focus is on Houston now and we have to get a playoff win, obviously that would be huge for this organization and community.’’

As Alexander noted, the Bills still have at least one more game left to play, as they nailed down the first Wild Card spot in the AFC and will battle the Houston Texans in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs next weekend.

Alexander played all 16 games this season, registering 50 tackles, a couple of sacks, a forced fumble and nine passes defended.

The 36-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of California, went undrafted but eventually landed with the Washington Redskins in 2007, where he spent six seasons and made one Pro Bowl.

Alexander then linked up with the Arizona Cardinals for two unproductive campaigns before joining the Oakland Raiders for another uneventful season in 2015.

He finally signed with the Bills in 2016, and in his first season, he racked up 64 tackles, 12.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, six passes defended and a defensive touchdown in what was, by far, the best year of his career, leading to his second Pro Bowl appearance.

Alexander has been a steady presence in Buffalo’s linebacking corps ever since.