Chargers notes: Smith promoted; respect for Woodson; Floyd feels fans' pain

The Chargers signed RB Dreamius Smith to the active roster.

SMITH PROMOTED

The Chargers signed running back Dreamius Smith to their active roster Tuesday, after placing rookie Melvin Gordon on the Reserve-Injured list the day before.

Smith originally signed with the organization as an undrafted free agent out of West Virginia, where he rushed for 945 yards on 183 carries and notched 10 touchdowns over two seasons. He joined the practice squad after training camp.

The Chargers also signed free agent punter Kasey Redfern to the practice squad. Redfern appeared in seven preseason games during the 2014-15 seasons for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

RESPECT FOR WOODSON

Raiders safety Charles Woodson announced that he will retire after this season, after 18 seasons in the NFL.

It's time, he said.

"Honestly, I think physically I could do it," the 39-year-old told ESPN.com. "My body has responded, but mentally it's not there, not going to happen."

Woodson, known for his toughness and talent, has 65 career interceptions and 13 touchdowns with two games left to play. It's likely that he will be a first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee when he is eligible for the honor.

"You’re talking about an excellent, superb example [of a player]," said Raiders outside linebacker Khalil Mack. "He shows you what it’s really like to play in this league and be a pro, off the field as well as on the field. Overall, he’s taught me a lot."

 Added Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers: "To me, [he is] one of the best defensive backs ever to play, really. And I say defensive backs because he’s played the nickel, he’s played corner, he’s played safety.  He’s done it all and he’s just a great football player ... He’s always a guy I’ve had respect for and played a lot of games against. It’s amazing what he’s still doing.  He can really run. Watching the tape every time the ball’s turned over, he’s the one who ends up with the fumble, it seems like, or an interception.  He’s still playing really, really well.  He’s been awesome for this league for a lot of years."

Thursday, the Raiders will play what is likely to be an emotional game, as it will be the final home game for Woodson and possibly the final home game for the franchise. Like the Chargers, the Raiders are uncertain about what comes next.

FLOYD FEELS IT

Like Woodson, Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd is also retiring after the 2015 season. Floyd played the final home game of his career Sunday against the Dolphins; after the game ended, he came back on the field to sign autographs and thank the fans, who were shouting his name in unison.

"I’m not used to a large mob chanting my name," said the always-humble veteran. "It was the whole stadium. That was crazy."

The Chargers played a video tribute to Floyd in the fourth quarter, but the magnitude of the day really started to hit him after head coach Mike McCoy pulled Floyd, and teammates Antonio Gates and Philip Rivers, out of the game with 30 seconds left to play -- allowing the players to have a moment to salute each other, as well as the fans.

"It started to sink in then," Floyd admitted. "Right before I walked off, I had to gather myself."

Floyd put his helmet on and dropped his head as he walked to the locker room, visibly emotional. He let those emotions out as soon as he got to the training room.

 "I didn’t want to cry on camera," he said. 

When he returned to the field, he felt for the fans, who are unsure whether their team will be in San Diego next year. 

"They were feeling the same thing I was feeling," Floyd said. "I was like, 'I’m with you. One-hundred percent. We’re all family right now.'"


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