CINCINNATI, Ohio (FOX19) - Clint Boling, the Bengals’ most experienced offensive lineman, retired Monday after developing blood clots following last season.
Boling, who started 112 games for the Bengals in an eight season career, tried medication in hopes to combat the blood clot in his right leg and lengthen his playing career, but decided the risk was too great to continue playing football.
“After eight years in the NFL, it is time for me to step away from the game due to medical reasons,” said Boling in a statement to the team. “This is not an easy decision, but it is the right one for me, my wife Kelly and our two young girls. I want to thank the Brown family for giving me the opportunity to play my entire career with the Bengals. I also want to thank my teammates, coaches, fans and everyone who has supported me throughout my career.”
“If (the blood clot) never happened there’s no doubt in my mind I’d still be playing,” Boling said standing at his Paul Brown Stadium locker. “What it comes down to is just a medical decision in my mind.”
Boling helped the Bengals to five straight playoff appearances from 2011 - 2015.
“Clint is a first-rate person, someone we all counted on and looked up to,” said Bengals President Mike Brown. “As a lineman, he never got the credit he deserved. That is often the case with good players who do their jobs well, but around the team, he was highly respected and appreciated beyond his playing abilities.”
The Bengals are now re-working their offensive line after losing two projected starters on the left side of the line in rookie offensive tackle Jonah Williams (out for season following labrum surgery) and Clint Boling’s retirement.
“That’s the nature of the NFL, you look for guys to step up and fill the roles," said head coach Zac Taylor. "We’ve got a lot of guys fighting for those opportunities.”
Bengals training camp begins on July 27 at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.