July 24, 2008

Quick Hits From Around the NFL

Redskins WR Devin Thomas was carted off the field today with an apparent hamstring injury. Profootballtalk.com reports the injury does not appear to be serious, but there is no official diagnosis. Jim Zorn told reporters that "he would be back soon," which is excellent news for Skins fans.

First round guard Brandon Albert signed a deal with the Chiefs while second rounder Brandon Flowers also inked a deal with the team.

The Patriots signed their first rounder Jerod Mayo, breathing new life into an ancient LB corps.

Rod Smith is finally going to hang up the cleats today. Denver's all-time leading receiver is 38 and coming off a 2007 season in which he did not play. Smith was a great worker and player who made the practice squad as an undrafted free agent in 1994 and then went on to post outstanding numbers. Here's a look:

849 receptions
11,389 receiving yards
68 TD reception
31 100 yard games

Smith is true icon of the game who quietly went out and did his business. He won two Super Bowls in 1998 and 1999 and will be missed in Denver.

Devin Hester will be holding out to open Bears camp. Hester feels that the current rookie payment system is unfair and that he is being paid less than some unproven first year players. My advice, just pay him, Chicago because he's the only offense you have.

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