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    ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Zach Thomas #55 of the Dallas Cowboys watches his team lose to the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on October 19, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Cowboys 34-14. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

    It was reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter earlier this week that Chiefs linebacker Zach Thomas, who has missed a great deal of the preseason with an unspecified injury, would retire, accept an injury settlement, or be cut some time this week.

    Drew Rosenhaus, Thomas' agent, begs to differ, according to a report yesterday on Pro Football Talk.

    Via Twitter, Rosenhaus said plainly, "Zach Thomas is not retiring. He is progressing from his injury & he fully expects to have a great season with the Chiefs in 09."

    As the PFT report points out, this could be jockeying on the part of Thomas' camp, as outright retirement would mean no money.

    Thomas played for the Cowboys last season after spending 12 years in Miami. The Texas Tech product was brought in, in part at least, for his leadership abilities, but he was never comfortable in the Phillips 3-4, which ultimately influenced his departure to the midwest.

    If Thomas doesn't retire, the Chiefs may send him on his way via waivers in the coming week.

    UPDATE: Zach Thomas is participating in Chiefs' practice today, his first since August 6.