Martin just couldn't cut the way he needs to

Curtis Martin's season is officially over. And perhaps his career.

Martin's surgical right knee just hasn't healed enough to allow him to suit up this year.

"My running is good, but it's not what it should be, and I'm honest with myself enough to know that," said Martin. "The thing that I personally feel worried about is I'm an instinctive guy, an instinctive runner. Once I get out there, just like any other time I've been in pain, the pain is not going to matter. What I do instinctively, I'm equipped with the information to know that that's probably going to jeopardize my future as a human being."

Will Martin attempt another comeback next off-season?

"I don't know if it's even possible (to comeback)," said Martin. "It hasn't been possible up to this point."

So Martin continuing his career is a long-shot.

"I usually deal with things the way they are now, and it doesn't look like it's too bright as far as me having a further career," said Martin.

He feels that if he retires now, he won't have to have any more surgery on his problematic right knee.

"That was a large part of my decision," said Martin. "I knew that we could have waited until (next) Tuesday, but I feel as though we've given this enough time. I'm right on that borderline of having to get more done, but there's a possibility that if I stop right now that I may not have to go through those procedures."

And if he stops right now, he should be a first ballot Hall-of-Famer.

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