Vikings DE Kenechi Udeze Retires

Jim BobCorrespondent IJuly 30, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - DECEMBER 17: Kenechi Udeze #95 of the Minnesota Vikings waves to fans as he walks off the field after the game against the Chicago Bears at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on December 17, 2007 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Bears 20-13. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Vikings announced today that DE Kenechi Udeze has been placed on the reserve/retried list.

Udeze, who was tied for the team lead in sacks with five in 2008, was diagnosed with leukemia in February of 2008.  He spent the entire season last year on reserve/non-football-illness list while undergoing treatment.

According to the Associated Press, Udeze says that he remains in remission but is unable to play after side effects from his treatment, which included a bone marrow transplant just under a year ago.

Udeze played in 51 games for the Vikings, the only team he has played for in his NFL career, from 2004-2007.  He currently has 86 career solo tackles and 11 career sacks.

Minnesota drafted him in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft.