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Former Eagles Running Back Rod ‘He Hate Me’ Smart Missing In South Carolina

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Forty-two-year-old Rod Smart was reported missing on June 12 in Indian Land, South Carolina.
'LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. (CBS) – Authorities in South Carolina are seeking the public’s assistance locating a former Philadelphia Eagles running back. Forty-two-year-old Rod Smart was reported missing on June 12 in Indian Land, South Carolina. The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has put out a missing endangered person alert for Smart. Police say it is unusual for Smart to be out of touch with his family for this long and are worried about them. Eagles Fans Upset After Team Announces Only One Public Practice At Lincoln Financial Field During Training Camp He is driving his silver 2016 Nissan Maxima with the North Carolina tag “PJRI1759.” Mandatory Credit: Todd Warshaw/Allsport/Getty Images During his playing career, Smart was best known as “He Hate Me” in the XFL. He also played for the Carolina Panthers. If you have any information on Smarts whereabouts please call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388.'

CFL: Edmonton Eskimos’ new No. 13 Ricky Colins Jr. early league leader

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Don’t go putting that No. 13 Edmonton Eskimos jersey away just yet.With its old owner, Mike Reilly, back in town to face his former team Friday (7 p.m., TSN, 630 CHED), there is a new player in green and gold wearing it now who is giving fans plenty
'Don’t go putting that No. 13 Edmonton Eskimos jersey away just yet.With its old owner, Mike Reilly, back in town to face his former team Friday (7 p.m., TSN, 630 CHED), there is a new player in green and gold wearing it now who is giving fans plenty of reason to cheer.And if you’re unfamiliar with whom it is, look no further than the top of the receiving yards list.No, it’s not Duke Williams, Brandon Zylstra, Adarius Bowman or Fred Stamps, though those would be good guesses, considering they combined for a run of five out of the past six seasons where an Edmonton Eskimos player won the Canadian Football League receiving yards title.As for current Eskimos receivers, Ricky Collins Jr. is making a case to push it to six out of seven, following a nine-catch, 175-yard outing that marked his Eskimos debut in Friday’s 32-25 win over the Montreal Alouettes.“For real?” Collins said in the locker-room after learning of his career-high total. “That’s the most I’ve ever had. The only thing I can say is, thank you, God, you know?“I mean, I appreciate Trev(or Harris, quarterback) hitting me on some dimes, but thank you.”It was the fourth 100-yard receiving game for the 27-year-old native of Tyler, Texas, who joined the Eskimos in off-season free agency, and the most since a four-catch, 115-yard game as a Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver against the Eskimos in his rookie season in 2016.Friday wasn’t a perfect night for Collins Jr., who fumbled the ball away in the red zone in the opening quarter, but the six-foot, 198-pound Texas A&M-Commerce product rebounded in a big way.“It’s crazy. That’s the first fumble of my career that I lost,” said Collins Jr., who had the ball punched free by Alouettes cornerback Tommie Campbell and recovered by Marcus Cromartie at Montreal’s five-yard line. “It had me down, but the guys — the receiving corps and the quarterback — they walked up to me and said, ‘Hey, bro. Let it go. Next play mentality.’ So I appreciate them. They really boosted me to have the game that I did.“I had to get the first-game jitters out. I had a drop and I messed up on another play, but after that, everything started clicking and it was on from there.”He is joined at the top of the leaderboard this week by Harris’s 447 passing yards and three touchdowns, Kenny Stafford’s two receiving touchdowns and C.J. Gable’s 154 rushing yards, as the new-look Eskimos offence opened the regular season with a bang.“That’s the crazy thing about it, this is Game 1. The offence, we’ve been together, what, two months now, roughly? And you saw what we did, put up 600 yards,” Colllins Jr. said. “When it actually gets clicking in, like, a couple of weeks, it’s going to be scary.”While, optically, the Alouettes organization looks to be in chaos having recently been sold to the league and their head coach fired one week prior to their opener, Colllins Jr. said they’re a team to take seriously.“Every year, I don’t care what happens in Montreal, their defence always has ballers,” he said. “They have one of the top defences in the league, to me, as far as physicality and stuff. They play hard.“You’ve got to give those guys their kudos, they ball. They get paid, too, so they step up to the plate when they have to.”While he certainly studied up for his opponent, Collins Jr. was just as focused on getting his new team off on the right foot.“It feels amazing,” he said. “I wasn’t going into this game thinking I would have a career-high game, I was just doing what I was supposed to do.”As for the receiving-yards race this year?“We shall see,” Collins Jr. shrugged. “I was just going out there doing my role. Everybody on the team has a role. When your number’s called, you make a play. I started out slow, but look at what happened at the end of the game.“The receiving title, it’s going to stay in this organization.”In and out: Outside linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox was back practising after sitting out much of training camp and last week’s season opener with a foot injury suffered at the end of last season … Coverage linebacker Don Unamba had an MRI scheduled Monday on an upper-body injury suffered at the end of the first half of Friday’s game.Email: gmoddejonge@postmedia.com On Twitter: @GerryModdejonge'