Smith assumes new role

Denver Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith had hip surgery in February. He admitted that he should have taken 12 months to recover, but he tried to come back a couple of weeks ago. Now Smith has been placed on the injured reserve list.

Denver Broncos receiver Rod Smith wouldn't address his future when he spoke to the media for the first time since this season's comeback attempt ended.

"As far as next year, I'm not worried about it," said Smith, who spoke for a little more than two minutes and didn't answer questions. "I want to get through this football season and actually get comfortable with my body. I still have discomfort in my hip. So I really want to get comfortable with my body and be able to, if nothing else, live a normal life whether I play football again or not." Smith had hip surgery in February. He admitted that he should have taken 12 months to recover, but he tried to come back a couple of weeks ago. After a few practices, the Broncos said he wasn't ready and would miss the rest of the season.

"It was a grind and I was basically tearing my body up trying to do it," Smith said.

Smith will be an unofficial coach the rest of the season. He said he will be at all the practices and games, offering whatever insight he can to help the Broncos, who are 3-5 this season.

"I can interpret defenses and things like that for our players and let them know about winning football," Smith said. "Somehow we've lost sight of how to go out there and collectively win as a group."

PLAYER NOTES

--RB Travis Henry missed practice for the second straight day. He has a knee injury, but the Broncos still think he could practice Friday and play this week. If he doesn't practice Friday, his status for Sunday's game would be in doubt.

--RB Selvin Young would start against Kansas City if Henry can't play. Young had 71 yards on 18 carries in his first start, when Henry was out against Green Bay.

--DE John Engelberger, who has a shoulder injury, returned to practice on Thursday. He could be able to play this week.

--S John Lynch practiced again Thursday. He was still feeling some effects of a stinger injury he suffered two weeks ago but has made progress. However, the Broncos will be cautious in his return.

--S Hamza Abdullah could continue to play in some defensive packages for the Broncos. He was slowed by a hip injury earlier this season but played on passing downs against Detroit. The Broncos like his potential.



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