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Published on 10/24/2007 at Wed Oct 24 13:23.
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Various reports indicate that WR Rod Smith returned to the practice field for the first time today. Smith has been on the Physically Unable to Perform list since Training Camp after undergoing hip surgery during the offseason.

Andrew Mason reports that Smith’s return brought a chorus of cheers from the defensive backs squad during practice, as Smith leapt to grab a pass from Jay Cutler.

“It’s awesome,” John Lynch said. “He’s one of the great teammates I’ve ever been around. I’m glad he was around and stayed vocal and a leader when he was hurt, because he’s kind of the pulse of this team; the heart and soul, whatever you want to call it.

“It’s a comforting feeling when he’s around, but whenever he’s back on the field — I don’t know whether it’s this week or whenever, that place will erupt, and it’s going to be awesome.”

Now that Smith was able to practice, the Broncos have three weeks to activate Smith or place him on Injured Reserve. Here’s hoping Rod can return to make an impact in the absence of Javon Walker!