Also, contract extensions for UW assistant coaches expected to be finalized Monday.

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Washington offensive lineman Dane Crane has announced his retirement from football, becoming the latest example in a series of UW linemen forced out of the sport because of mounting injuries.

As a redshirt sophomore last fall, Crane made his UW debut in the season opener against Boise State. He also played in the next game against Sacramento State before a back injury ended his season.

Crane is a former three-star recruit from Santa Margarita High in Irvine, Calif.

“After 16 amazing seasons, it is time to say goodbye to the game I love the most,” Crane wrote on Instagram Thursday night. “I’m saddened that my body couldn’t stay in the game as long as my mind would have liked to, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m an Irvine Charger, Santa Margarita Eagle, and a Washington Husky for life. Time for the next chapter!”

Since 2012, UW’s offensive line has also lost veterans Colin Porter, Erik Kohler, Ben Riva and Dexter Charles to career-ending injuries.

Extensions coming for assistant coaches

Contract extensions for seven of UW’s assistant coaches are expected to be finalized Monday, an athletic department spokesman said.

The previous contracts for those assistant coaches expire on Sunday. The new contracts will include a pay raise for UW’s defensive staff after the Huskies led the Pac-12 in total defense and scoring defense in 2015.

In December, UW coach Chris Petersen hired two new assistant coaches: defensive line coach Ikaika Malloe and wide receivers coach Bush Hamdan. Jimmy Lake, the defensive backs coach the past two seasons, has also been promoted to co-defensive coordinator.

On Thanksgiving, UW announced a two-year contract extension for Petersen through the 2020 season.

Ex-Huskies find landing spots

Former Huskies Naijiel Hale and Drew Lewis, both dismissed from UW by Petersen last summer, have found new homes.

Hale, a former four-star cornerback and the son of the late rap artist Nate Dogg, has announced he will play this fall at Montana State, where he will reunite with former UW assistants Jeff Choate and Gerald Alexander.

Lewis, a linebacker out of Eastlake High School in Sammamish, has announced he will sign with Colorado next week.