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USA TODAY Sports Minnesota tight end John Carlson rushes past Green Bay linebacker Brad Jones on Nov. 24 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

Retirement a possibility for Litch’s Carlson

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Retirement a possibility for Litch’s Carlson
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The Minnesota Vikings placed Litchfield native John Carlson on Injured Reserve on Saturday, ending his second season with the team. Could it also mark the end of his pro career?

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Carlson has said concussions may make retirement an option as he and his family consider his future in the NFL, according to a Minneapolis Star Tribune report.

“That’s something that my wife (Danielle) and I will consider,” Carlson said in the Tribune story. “After every season it’s an evaluation period because of the nature of our business. …”

Carlson, a 30-year-old six-year pro, signed with the Vikings last season after beginning his career in Seattle. He has suffered three concussions since 2011. The latest came three weeks ago in Baltimore. He reportedly suffered two concussions at Notre Dame, in addition to the three in the NFL, according to ESPN.

Carlson signed a five-year, $25 million deal with the Vikings in 2012 and restructured it before this season after an injury-plagued 2012 season.

Carlson’s numbers improved this season. He made 32 catches for 344 yards and his first touchdown as a Viking came during a 7-catch, 98-yard performance in a win over Washington on Nov. 7.

But he’s keeping a close eye on the growing research about the long-term effects of concussions.

“It’s a serious issue and it’s not something that I’m ignoring,” Carlson told the Tribune.

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