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Seahawks release two-time Pro Bowler Wahle, who then retires

RENTON, Wash. -- Two-time Pro Bowl guard Mike Wahle has retired after being released by the Seattle Seahawks for failing a physical before their first practice of training camp.

Seahawks coach Jim Mora said Friday the 32-year-old Wahle told him he had "decided to hang it up for the time being" and spend more time with his family.

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Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck called the news "a tough loss." He and Wahle were rookies together in Green Bay in 1998.

The 11-year veteran had surgery in December on the same right shoulder on which he had surgery in 2006. He was signed from Carolina before the 2008 season.

Rob Sims, who primarily played right guard last season, and rookie second-round draft choice Max Unger are first in line to replace Wahle at left guard.

Seattle also placed 2007 Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Trufant on the physically-unable-to-perform list for what Mora called a minor back injury and signed veteran offensive lineman Cory Withrow.

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