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Erik Ainge | Quarterback

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/12/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 221
College: Tennessee
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 5 (162) / NYJ

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Jets backup QB Erik Ainge has decided to retire from football.
Ainge cited January foot surgery and a recent diagnosis of a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder as the primary reasons. The 2008 fifth-rounder said walking away from the game "isn't the next step I wanted, but it's the hand I'm dealt." After battling serious drug addiction the past couple of years, Ainge was no longer in the Jets' long-term plans. He never threw a regular-season NFL pass. Thu, Jun 23, 2011 08:27:00 PM

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According to the New York Post, Jets QB Erik Ainge is set to miss the "majority" of the 2011 season after it was discovered that he has a torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder.

The injury "almost certainly ended any hopes of making his NFL regular-season debut next season," says the Post. Although Ainge is still technically property of the Jets, he was not expected to be kept on the roster for the 2011 season. It's safe to cut the fish loose even in the deepest of Dynasty leagues.
Fri, Jun 10, 2011 10:23:00 AM

In addition to tearing his right rotator cuff, Jets QB Erik Ainge also underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot a few months ago.

Details are scarce on both injuries. The physical ailments make it even less likely that Ainge will partake in Jets training camp this summer. Turning 25 this weekend, Ainge's football future remains uncertain. It's quite possible he'll never a throw a regular-season pass in the NFL.
Fri, Jun 10, 2011 12:26:00 AM

Jets QB Erik Ainge, currently on the reserved/non-football illness list, has been diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff in his right (throwing) shoulder.

Ainge will presumably go under the knife to repair the shoulder. He was placed on the NFI list last summer after years of hiding a drug addiction. He's clean and sober now, but was already facing long odds to make the Jets' roster this season.
Thu, Jun 9, 2011 09:54:00 PM

Jets QB Erik Ainge, currently on the reserved/non-football illness list, recently disclosed that he was a "really bad drug addict," escalating from marijuana to prescription meds, alcohol, cocaine and even heroin.

"I would've made Charlie Sheen look like Miss Daisy," said Ainge. His drug abuse began with a bong hit at age 12. Ainge, who has also been diagnosed as bipolar, disappeared for a month in the spring of 2009 to attend a detox center. He ended up sitting out the 2010 season because he went on a "two-week bender" before training camp. Realizing he had hit rock bottom, Ainge checked himself into a rehab clinic last July and has been clean since. Ainge concedes that his football future remains "uncertain." We wouldn't bank on seeing him in a Jets uniform ever again.
Tue, Mar 29, 2011 01:32:00 PM

Jets QB Erik Ainge recently entered a drug treatment/rehab facility for "recreational issues."

Ainge is currently on the reserved/non-football illness list, and there is no timetable for his return. He may be facing an eight-game suspension for a second strike under the NFL's substance abuse policy. Ainge's absence means Kellen Clemens may stick around after all as the possible No. 3 quarterback.
Wed, Aug 4, 2010 08:10:00 AM

Jets placed QB Erik Ainge on the reserved/non-football illness list.

The Jets have not disclosed Ainge's illness, nor have they given a timetable for his return. With Mark Brunell now on the roster, the team has a surfeit of quarterbacks.
Thu, Jul 29, 2010 08:43:00 PM

Jets declared third QB Erik Ainge, QB Kevin O’Connell, WR Brad Smith, CB Lito Sheppard, S James Ihedigbo, G Matt Slauson, WR Jericho Cotchery, and LB Marques Murrell inactive for Week 7.

David Clowney will start opposite Braylon Edwards, while Dwight Lowery will start opposite Darrelle Revis. There are no surprises on this list.
Sun, Oct 25, 2009 03:24:00 PM

Jets declared QB Erik Ainge, QB Kevin O'Connell, LB Ryan Fowler, OL Matt Slauson, DE Mike DeVito, DL Ropati Pitoitua, and TE Matthew Mulligan inactive for Week 2.

The Jets are relatively healthy heading into the divisional matchup against the Pats. Kellen Clemens is healthy enough to backup starter Mark Sanchez.
Sun, Sep 20, 2009 11:58:00 AM

Jets QB Erik Ainge has finally reported for the team's voluntary offseason program.

Ainge's uncle Danny recently suffered a mild heart attack, but Erik had been skipping workouts for "personal reasons" even before that. He's currently the Jets' third QB behind Kellen Clemens and first-round pick Mark Sanchez.
Wed, Apr 29, 2009 08:52:00 PM

Coach Rex Ryan said Thursday that Erik Ainge has been absent from offseason workouts for "personal reasons."

Ryan still expects Ainge to be on the team entering training camp, though he may not make the opening-day roster if the Jets draft another quarterback.
Thu, Apr 16, 2009 01:47:00 PM

Jets QB Erik Ainge has reportedly been absent from the team's offseason conditioning program.

Ainge, who wasn't active for a game as a rookie, has no known excuse. The program is voluntary, but Ainge isn't helping himself by skipping out. He'll be directly on the roster bubble if the Jets draft a QB later this month.
Mon, Apr 13, 2009 10:52:00 PM

2008 fifth-round pick Erik Ainge is reportedly a "non-factor" in the Jets' bid to replace Brett Favre.

This could change if Ainge tears up OTAs, but he probably won't even get the reps to do it behind Kellen Clemens, Brett Ratliff, and a QB to be named. Ainge was suspended four weeks while on injured reserve as a rookie.
Thu, Feb 12, 2009 09:53:00 AM

NFL suspended Jets QB Erik Ainge four games for violating the league's steroids and related substances policy.

Ainge was placed on I.R. with a "right foot" injury after being listed as New York's fourth QB in the first few games. His suspension takes effect right away. Ainge will be eligible to rejoin the team on Dec. 15, but that's a formality. He isn't practicing and can only lift weights and attend meetings.
Fri, Nov 21, 2008 05:20:00 PM

Jets placed rookie fifth-round QB Erik Ainge on injured reserve, ending his season.

The Jets official website says only that Ainge has a right foot injury. Danny's nephew was grossly outplayed by Brett Ratliff in preseason action and has a long way to go to make an impact at the NFL level.
Tue, Oct 28, 2008 06:16:00 PM

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