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Toronto running back Chad Kackert retires

Toronto Argonauts' Chad Kackert (left) is tackled by Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Ike Brown during first half CFL pre-season action in Hamilton on Wednesday June 13 , 2012. The two teams meet in Sunday’s Eastern final


Toronto Argonauts star running back Chad Kackert has retired.

The team says Kackert will be its new strength and conditioning coach.

Kackert, the 2012 Grey Cup MVP, suffered a broken ankle late last season.

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Argos coach Scott Milanovich says it became clear to the Argos and Kackert "that his leg injury would prevent him from competing at a high level."

"We believe his experience will be valuable to our players in helping them prepare themselves physically each week," Milanovich said in a statement.

The Argonauts open training camp today.

In three seasons, Kackert recorded 228 carries for 1,467 yards with 12 touchdowns, along with 50 catches for 454 yards and two touchdowns.

"It remains my primary goal to do my part in helping to get Toronto back to the Grey Cup," said Kackert. "Because I've suffered a serious injury, my part will not be played directly on the field but as a strength and conditioning coach."

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