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Rod Smith | Wide Receiver

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (44) / 5/15/1970
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205
College: Missouri Southern State
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Former Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith finally has decided to retire, according to ESPN's Bill Williamson.
No one expected him back at age 38 after several serious hip procedures. Smith finishes as arguably the greatest undrafted receiver ever, although he's unlikely to get in the Hall of Fame. He was a three-time Pro Bowler and caught 849 passes in 12 seasons, good for first in Broncos' team history. Wed, Jul 23, 2008 05:29:00 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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Rod Smith, currently on the reserve/retired list, is expected to stick with the Broncos as a consultant.

Smith still hasn't officially retired, but recently turned 38 and won't play again. He turned down a job as the Broncos' receivers coach in February.
Thu, May 29, 2008 04:38:00 PM

Broncos placed Rod Smith on the reserve/retired list.

It's not an official retirement, but it's a step in that direction. Smith now won't count against the team's 80-man offseason roster or its salary cap. Still, Smith is holding out hope that he can return, and as unlikely as that seems, the team will hold off on a retirement press conference for now.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Feb 15, 2008 11:20:00 AM

Broncos WR Rod Smith needs more surgery on his hip.

He may need an artificial hip replacement, and his career is certainly over, whether he announces it soon or not. Smith underwent microfracture surgery on the same hip last February and didn't play a down in 2007. He will go down as the greatest undrafted receiver in NFL history, a guy whose toughness playing hurt in 2006 ultimately ended his career and will jeopardize his post-football life.
Fri, Dec 28, 2007 03:30:00 PM

Broncos placed WR Rod Smith (hip) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Smith returned to scout-team workouts at one point, but never showed enough on the practice field to convince Denver officials he'd be able to contribute. Smith, 37, restructured his deal in the offseason and is under control through 2008, but it's quite possible he won't play again. The greatest undrafted receiver in NFL history, Smith is currently eleventh in NFL history with 849 catches.
Thu, Nov 1, 2007 06:12:00 PM

Rod Smith (hip) missed another practice on Thursday.

Smith may have suffered a setback in his recovery from reconstructive offseason hip surgery. Denver has until November 14 to decide whether to activate Smith from the Physically Unable to Perform list for game day use.
Source: Denver Post
Thu, Nov 1, 2007 04:41:00 PM

Rod Smtih (hip) was held out of Broncos practice on Wednesday.

Smtih participated in practice last week, but sat out after meeting with doctors. No word on any timetable, though the Broncos have until November 14 to activate him from the PUP list.
Source: Denver Post
Thu, Nov 1, 2007 09:49:00 AM

According to the Denver Post, Rod Smith (hip) is not expected to be activated from the PUP list this week.

The Broncos have until November 14 to activate Smith or lose him for the season and he began practicing last week following February hip surgery.
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Oct 31, 2007 09:06:00 AM

Rod Smith (PUP, hip) returned to practice Wednesday.

It was Smith's first practice since undergoing major reconstructive hip surgery ten months ago. The Broncos could really use him with Javon Walker (knee) out indefinitely, but there's no telling what Smith has left, if anything.
Wed, Oct 24, 2007 04:00:00 PM

The Denver Post reports "there is hope" that Rod Smith (reconstructive hip surgery) will come off the PUP list by Week 10.

Smith isn't practicing, but the Broncos still have three weeks to decide whether he'll be able to make an impact this season. With Javon Walker (knee surgery) out for an indefinite period, Denver can use any help it can get.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Oct 19, 2007 09:17:00 AM

Rod Smith is eligible to come off the PUP list in Week 7, but he doesn't feel he is ready for an imminent return.

Smith must play by Week 10 to be eligible for the rest of the season. "I can go out there and run," he said. "I'm doing everything it takes to get back on the football field and, honestly, I'll find out when you find out."
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Oct 5, 2007 11:53:00 AM

Broncos placed WR Rod Smith (hip surgery) on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

Smith will miss at least the first six weeks (five games because the Broncos have a bye in the first month and a half). He'll be eligible to return as a reserve against the Steelers in Week 7 if he recovers quickly.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Aug 28, 2007 04:06:00 PM

Broncos coach Mike Shanahan expects Rod Smith to return by the Broncos' "sixth to eighth game of the season."

The team has a Week 6 bye, and Smith will likely open the season on the PUP list. This is great news for a guy who three weeks ago was facing the possibility of never playing again.
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Aug 22, 2007 10:52:00 AM

Broncos coach Mike Shanahan confirmed Wednesday that the team will wait on Rod Smith as he recovers from major offseason hip surgery.

"I told him: 'We don't have a target date. You're going to be on this football team,'" Shanahan said. So it sounds like Smith isn't in danger of being placed on injured reserve, but he's considered a "virtual lock" to go on PUP.
Source: Denver Post
Thu, Aug 2, 2007 08:28:00 AM

Rod Smith is reportedly "a virtual given" to open the season on PUP.

If so, Smith will miss the first six weeks of the season. Smith, who some near the team feel may even be forced to retire due to a bum hip, would then be eligible return to his role as a situational third receiver. Brandon Stokley has emerged as the favorite for slot duties in Denver to open the year.
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Aug 1, 2007 05:10:00 PM

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