QSteve Smith WR BAL 2 months ago

Though Smith acknowledged that he is still in the early stages of his recovery from a torn Achilles, the wideout expressed optimism Monday that he would be ready for the start of the 2016 season, ESPN.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Smith, who turns 37 in May, originally planned for 2015 to be his last season in the NFL, but in the wake of Achilles' surgery on Nov. 9, the veteran wideout announced in late December that he planned to return to the Ravens for the 2016 season. With that in mind, when asked if he thought he'd be ready for the start of the upcoming regular season, Smith replied, "yeah, I think I'll be fine." While such an outcome is hardly a lock, Smith's reputation as one of the toughest players in the league does give him a solid chance to overcome what he calls the toughest injury of his productive NFL career, which began in 2001.

QSteve Smith WR BAL 4 months ago

Smith (Achilles) said he intends to return for the 2016 season, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Of course he does. Even if Smith hadn't suffered a torn Achilles amidst a lost season for his team, he might've considered un-announcing his retirement, unless the Ravens had won a Super Bowl. Not wanting to finish his career on such an obvious low note, the future Hall of Famer will take one last shot at winning his first ring. The real question is whether he'll actually be able to contribute, as a torn Achilles' is a tough injury for any player to recover from, often limiting the individual's effectiveness the following season. Given his position and age (he turns 37 in May), Smith faces a tougher path than most, even when accounting for his (in)famous determination.

QSteve Smith WR BAL 6 months ago12 Comments

Smith was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With Smith now officially out for the rest of the season, the Ravens will depend on the likes of Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown to generate some offense from the wide receiver position. Newly signed free agent receiver Joseph Morgan will take Smith's spot on the roster and he'll have two weeks to get acclimated to Baltimore's offense with the team on a bye this week.

QSteve Smith WR BAL 6 months ago15 Comments

Per coach John Harbaugh, Smith will be out for the rest of the season after suffering an Achilles tear in Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Brutal news for the Ravens and the veteran wideout, with the likes of Kamar Aiken, Chris Givens, Jeremy Ross, Marlon Brown -- and perhaps Breshad Perriman down the road -- candidates to see added work in the coming weeks as a result of Smith's injury.

QSteve Smith WR BAL 6 months ago2 Comments

Smith left Sunday's game against the Chargers with a foot injury.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Smith, who was carried off the field by two members of the Ravens' training staff, was unable to put weight on his right leg, which suggests that the wideout could end up missing some time with his latest injury. Prior to his exit from the contest, Smith caught five pases for 82 yards.

QSteve Smith WR BAL 6 months ago2 Comments

Smith (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Smith was said to be somewhat hampered in practice on Friday, but he is going to play, and he should be busy as usual.

QSteve Smith WR BAL 6 months ago10 Comments

Smith (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Smith returned to a full practice Friday, after tweaking his knee during Thursday's session. Although his availability isn't in doubt, he did appear somewhat hobbled during Friday's practice, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley. As the clear top option in Baltimore's passing game, Smith should still get plenty of looks. However, he'll likely be shadowed by up-and-coming cornerback Jason Verrett, and the matchup calls for a heavy dose of Justin Forsett.

QSteve Smith WR BAL 6 months ago3 Comments

Smith (knee) took part in Friday's practice, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Smith was added to the Ravens' injury report after tweaking his knee during Thursday's practice, but his presence on the field Friday indicates the setback was only minor. It does not appear the knee injury will prevent Smith from playing this week, but the Ravens will shed more light on his status when they reveal their final injury report of the week Friday afternoon.

QSteve Smith WR BAL 6 months ago

Smith was added to the Ravens' Week 8 injury report as a limited participant Thursday after appearing to "tweak his knee" during practice, ESPN.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Smith, who had been dealing with four microfractures in his back, did not appear on the team's initial Wednesday injury report, but his limitations Thursday now make the wideout's status for Sunday's game against the Chargers worth tracking.

QSteve Smith WR BAL 6 months ago2 Comments

Smith led the Ravens with 78 receiving yards from five catches (on nine targets) in Monday night's game against the Cardinals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Smith once again was regularly targeted in a Ravens passing offense otherwise devoid of reliable receivers. Given that dynamic, Smith has faced even more attention from opposing defenses this season, but has still been highly productive in four of Baltimore's six games thus far. That bodes well for the veteran in advance of his Week 8 matchup against the Chargers.