Report: Ex-Pro Bowl G Ben Grubbs likely finished playing after neck injury last year

By Jesse Reed
Aug 15, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs guard Ben Grubbs (66) against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason NFL football game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Grubbs suffered a neck injury last year that cost him more than half the season. Now we’re learning it could have cost him his career as well.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is reporting the free agent guard has likely played his last NFL down.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Grubbs started 125 games the past nine seasons. A first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2007, he lived up to the hype that surrounded him when he came out of Auburn. After spending five seasons in Baltimore, he signed on with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent in 2012 and then was traded to the Chiefs last year.

The Chiefs must have figured Grubbs would have to hang up his pads and helmet for good when they released him this past March. Though, at the time, the move to release him was described as a cost-cutting measure, given his $6.3 million cap hit.