"I was training in Arizona every day, but there's nothing like conditioning with pads on and playing the game," Smith said. "I never thought my career was over, it was just a matter of opportunity. If I get thrown right in, I know the defense so far."
"He's a big guy and a strong man who understands what we do a little bit," Lewis said. "He was here long enough. We know him, he knows us. It's just a matter of what he can do, and can he help us?"
Peko was in the locker room Wednesday with a protective sleeve on his right leg. He had the knee cleaned out Monday and said he's aiming to return for the regular-season finale against the New York Jets.
"I just want to get it strong again," Peko said. "I can't wait to get back."
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