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Skins Release Veteran WR James Thrash

The Skins have released veteran receiver James Thrash after he failed a physical. Thrash has been unable to practice during the offseason because of a neck injury that has him contemplating retirement. He said recently his decision could hinge on whether he would need surgery to keep playing.

“I talked with James and we agreed that this was the best way to proceed,” coach Jim Zorn said in a statement. “James can focus on getting healthy and we can move forward. … Though we had to make this decision, we are confident that James will be involved in some capacity within the Redskins organization.”

The undrafted free agent from Missouri Southern has been around since the 1997 seasons, including nine in two stints with the Redskins. He became a standout special teams player known for his work ethic, although attempts by various coaches to use him a top receiver never panned out.

His best year as a pass-catcher came in 2001 with the Philadelphia Eagles, when he had 63 receptions for 833 yards and eight touchdowns.

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