|Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Zach Thomas continued his exercise on a Tuesday afternoon with players not practicing with the team due to injury at the team's training camp on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. DAVID EULITT/The Kansas City Star|
Update: 7:10 PM Agent Drew Rosenhaus is denying this report.
Bruschi exited today, Zach Thomas next. He won't play again for Chiefs and, barring unforeseen, is finished in NFL. End for 1 more great LB.
Schefter first announced the move on ESPN's Monday Night Countdown.
As I think about it, this isn't too surprising. Zach Thomas turns 36 years old tomorrow, in fact, and has had a history of concussions.
The Chiefs signed Thomas this offseason to add a veteran presence to a team switching to the 3-4 defense. Todd Haley continually praised Thomas' presence with the younger players.
The final numbers on one of the best to lace 'em up:
- Seven Pro Bowls
- Five time All-Pro
- 184 games (182 starts)
- 1,106 tackles
- 20.5 sacks
- 17 interceptions
We wish Zach Thomas the best of luck in his post-football career and congratulate him on an outstanding 13 year career.
On a roster note, this means that the Kansas City Chiefs are down to 79 players and will only have to release four players by 3:00 PM CST tomorrow.