Brady's glad there is time to shake off rust

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was back on the field and throwing the football Thursday with no apparent problems from last year's knee injury.

Brady stretched and threw the ball in a light rain for the third and final day of the Patriots' organized team activities -- the only one open to the media.

"There's a little bit of rust for all of us. Thank God the season's still a few months away," Brady said. "When you sit on the sidelines for an entire year, you realize how much you miss it."

Brady tore the ligaments in his left knee in the 2008 season opener and missed the rest of the season. He had surgery in October and later had another procedure to treat an infection in the knee, but he said he expects to be ready to play this season.

- Brady says there's no baby on the way for him and his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen .

"No. One is enough," he said.

SMITH PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jimmy Smith pleaded not guilty to several charges Thursday including possession of cocaine and marijuana.

Smith, 40, also pleaded not guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license. A fifth charge, possessing or selling a controlled substance, was dropped.

JETS: Relieved that he is not a suspect, safety Kerry Rhodes says he cannot discuss the investigation of a possible rape at his New Jersey home.

According to police, a Canadian tourist said she met Rhodes and another man at a Manhattan nightclub before being taken to the player's town house in Morristown, N.J.

COLTS: Cornerback Marlin Jackson is back on the field and running back Mike Hart might not be far behind.

Jackson's early return to practice surprised some because it normally takes players a full year to recover from ACL surgery. Jackson had his surgery Dec. 1.

BRONCOS: Released J.J. Arrington after he failed a physical due to a balky right knee.

Arrington was one of three veteran tailbacks the Broncos brought in during the off-season, along with Correll Buckhalter and LaMont Jordan .

They also selected Georgia's Knowshon Moreno with the 12th pick in the draft to bolster the backfield.

COWBOYS: Signed three free agents in tight end Scott Chandler, receiver Mike Jefferson and defensive end Derreck Robinson .

KICKER RELEASED: Mike Vanderjagt has given the Toronto Argonauts the boot.

The CFL team announced it has granted Vanderjagt his request to be released, though the former Colts kicker said he's not necessarily retiring.

OBIT: Former Lions defensive back and receiver Terry Barr , a rookie on Detroit's last championship team in 1957, has died. He was 73.

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