Former Packers, Lions guard T.J. Lang ready to retire
According to those close with him (via the Detroit Free Press), Lang has begun telling people that he has “definitely” played his last game of football, and that an announcement could come as soon as Friday. Lang didn’t follow up on a message left by the Detroit Free Press, but as the 31-year old lineman has dealt with a multitude of injuries throughout his career – including a neck injury that derailed his 2018 campaign – it would come as no surprise to see him transition out of the NFL.
Prior to being cut by the Lions, Lang was a bit unsure on what the future held for him, telling media after the season that he wasn’t exactly sure if he’d return for an 11th season.
“I think everybody wants to have a chance to go out on their own terms and I’m no different,” Lang said. “But like I said, I’m not going to make a decision one way or the other anytime soon. I’ve had a lot of time off the last couple months. I’ve been trying to keep myself busy around here and helping out in different ways with the guys, so haven’t really thought it too much and no rush, so I’ll take some more time, however much time I need and let kind of the dust settle and kind of go from there.”
Originally drafted in the fourth round (109th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft, Lang spent seven seasons on the Packers, where he won a Super Bowl and was part of one of the best offensive lines in the league during his tenure.
Lang made 19 starts in his two seasons for the Lions and earned a Pro Bowl spot in 2017 before a series of injuries derailed much of his 2018 season.