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Vikings' Udeze ends comeback from leukemia

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MANKATO, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings defensive end Kenechi Udeze has retired, ending a remarkable comeback from leukemia.

He says his leukemia is still in remission. But he's still dealing with side effects from treatment of the disease and is unable to play.

Minnesota's first-round draft pick in 2004, Udeze was a starter for four years and tied for the team lead with five sacks in 2007.

He was diagnosed in February 2008 with the disease, which is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Udeze missed all of last season while dealing with his condition.

After a marrow transplant more than a year ago, Udeze was on the field for practices this spring and summer. He said at minicamp in May he was "feeling pretty good," but acknowledged the challenge of the comeback.

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