Defensive lineman Markus Koch of the Washington Redskins has decided to retire, coach Joe Gibbs said yesterday.
Koch, 29, who was bothered by injuries in his six-year career with the Redskins and went on the injured-reserve list Oct. 9 with a knee injury, told Gibbs recently that his knee still hasn't healed and that he has decided to call it a career.
"We had a good talk. He wants to do something else with his life right now. He's discouraged because he couldn't stay healthy and his knee is still bothering him some right now," Gibbs said at a breakfast at a Washington restaurant while raising money for his Youth for Tomorrow home.
The Redskins had expected Koch to retire and left him unprotected on the Plan B list. Koch has indicated he wants to become the captain of a charter fishing boat off the Cayman Islands.
With the Redskins short of defensive ends, they might try to get Ohio State's Alonzo Spellman in the draft with the sixth pick overall.
Meanwhile, guard Russ Grimm is expected to retire and join the coaching staff, but Gibbs said that won't be decided for another week.
Gibbs predicted that offensive lineman Joe Jacoby, who was left unprotected, will turn down an offer from the Phoenix Cardinals and stay with the Redskins.
The NFL also made it official that the Redskins will play in their first European exhibition game, Aug. 16 in London against the San Francisco 49ers. The game will be televised by NBC at 1 p.m.