Hallen, Browns' projected starting center, to retire

Updated: August 11, 2006, 12:56 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Eight-year veteran Bob Hallen, who was projected to start at center for the Cleveland Browns after LeCharles Bentley suffered a season-ending patella tendon injury on the first day of training camp, will announce his retirement Friday.

Hallen, 31, left the team on his own earlier this week, citing back problems. His absence, coach Romeo Crennel said at the time, was not excused.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer first reported Hallen's intentions, and then league and team sources confirmed ...

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