Receiver Donald Jones to retire with kidney disease
Former Bills and Patriots wide receiver Donald Jones began the offseason looking for a job, but the three-year NFL veteran announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he will instead retire due to a kidney disease.
Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports Jones suffers from a kidney condition known as IgA nephropathy. According to Garafolo, Jones had a recent scare when he displayed abnormally high blood pressure during a physical while visiting the Colts. Doctors back in January told Jones he might one day require a kidney transplant.
Jones said he has endured the disease his entire life.
From Jones’ Twitter account:
“As some of you may know, I have been suffering from a kidney disease throughout my entire life,” Jones wrote. “As a result of recent advances in my disease, I am no longer able to pursue my career in the National Football League. Playing in the NFL was a lifelong dream of mine, and though I have the opportunity to continue my career, stepping away from the game is absolute best decision for my family and for my health.”
Jones entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Bills in 2010 and caught 82 passes for 887 yards and six touchdowns in three seasons. He was released by the Patriots last month just weeks after signing a three-year deal. The Bills elected not to re-sign Jones as a restricted free agent in February.