QSteve Smith
WR BAL (8)
2 days ago

Smith (Achilles) will not play in the Ravens' third preseason game Saturday against the Lions, The Baltimore Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smith, who had torn his Achilles' tendon last November, was activated from the team's PUP list just last week. Thus, his participation in Saturday's preseason tilt was always considered doubtful. His Week 1 status remains questionable.

QSteve Smith
WR BAL (8)
1 week ago

Smith (Achilles) rejoined his teammates at practice Thursday, the Baltimore Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though Thursday's session was described as "essentially a walk-through" in advance of Saturday's game against the Colts, Smith's presence after coming off the PUP list, is nonetheless a welcome one for the Ravens. At age 37, and bouncing back from a serious injury, Smith comes with some question marks as the 2016 campaign approaches. That said, given his high level of toughness and determination, it's unwise to count out the veteran wideout.

QSteve Smith
WR BAL (8)
1 week ago

Smith (Achilles) has passed his physical and will return to practice soon.

EDGE Analysis

The Baltimore Sun adds that Smith, who is thus slated to be officially activated off the Ravens' PUP list in short order, is expected to practice in some capacity as early as Monday. The Ravens' second preseason tilt takes place Saturday against the Colts, after which Smith -- who tore his Achilles last November -- will look to reprove his health and demonstrate that at age 37, and coming back from a serious injury, he can still excel at the NFL level. He has much to prove on that front as Week 1 quickly approaches, but it's too soon to count Smith out, given his toughness and determination.

QSteve Smith
WR BAL (8)
1 month ago

Smith (Achilles) suffered a rare double rupture of his right Achilles, and the muscle surrounding his tendon is still significantly atrophied, according to Dan Pompei of the Bleacher Report.

EDGE Analysis

The latest report sheds light on Smith's rehab process, which has apparently been even more grueling than expected due to the extreme nature of his torn Achilles. Dr. Robert Anderson, one of the leading orthopedic surgeons for professional athletes, told Smith it was the first time he had ever seen a double Achilles rupture. Already facing an uphill climb, Smith figures to miss most or all of training camp, leaving him on the doubtful side of questionable for the start of the season. He still needs time to build his leg back to strength before he can even think about resuming normal workouts with his teammates. A mid-season return in a part-time role seems like a realistic target for the 37-year-old wideout.

QSteve Smith
WR BAL (8)
1 month ago

Smith (Achilles) will start training camp on the PUP list, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is an unsurprising move as it has already been announced that the veteran Smith would not be playing in the preseason. He suffered his Achilles injury on Nov. 1, and was not able to participate in any offseason workouts. His role with the team this season remains uncertain until he is able to display he has recovered from the serious injury. However, the Ravens have relatively thin depth in their receiving department, so he will have plenty of opportunity to produce if he can get healthy.

QSteve Smith
WR BAL (8)
2 months ago

Smith (Achilles) will not play in the preseason, ESPN.com reports. "I've been very comfortable throughout my career not playing in the preseason," Smith said Wednesday. "So, I don't have a problem with that. [it's] just four games that don't count and the liability of injury. At the senior-citizen age that I am, I think staying out would be good."

EDGE Analysis

Although Smith isn't worried about missing the preseason, he did say just a few days ago that he'll need to get some work in at training camp if he's going to be ready by Week 1. Recovering from a torn Achilles suffered Nov. 1, the 37-year-old wideout hasn't taken part in any offseason workouts and doesn't seem to have much chance of being ready for the start of training camp. He still hopes to be available at the start of the season, and his presence (or lack thereof) may be even more important than expected, as Breshad Perriman (knee) now faces a potentially-lengthy rehab process of his own. Of course, there's no guarantee Smith will be productive if he's available, given his age and the serious nature of his injury.

QSteve Smith
WR BAL (8)
2 months ago

Smith (torn Achilles) said he isn't sure when he will be available, adding that he probably can't play in Week 1 unless he gets in some work at training camp, ESPN.com reports. "I don't know when I'm coming back," he said. "I just know I have to be able to do something in training camp to be able to play for the season. That's just the way I operate. I can't go from doing absolutely nothing [and] sitting on my butt for all of training camp and then go out there and play."

EDGE Analysis

Still recovering from a torn Achilles suffered Nov. 1, the 37-year-old Smith has progressed to jogging but seemingly still has quite a ways to go. While doubtful to be ready for the start of camp in late July, he might be available at some point in August, which would give him a few weeks to prepare for the start of the season. Even if he's available, there's no assurance Smith will look like the same player we saw last year, as Achilles' ruptures often sap players of their explosiveness for quite some time after the injury is healed. Meanwhile, the Ravens got some good news Tuesday when it was announced that fellow wideout Breshad Perriman (knee) should be able to rehab his partially-torn ACL without reconstructive surgery. Still, Perriman and Smith should both be considered questionable for Week 1, possibly leaving Kamar Aiken, Mike Wallace and others to carry a heavier burden than might have otherwise been expected.

QSteve Smith
WR BAL (8)
3 months ago

Smith (Achilles) seems to be on track in his recovery, The Baltimore Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

There aren't any concrete details, as neither Smith nor his team has commented on the injury in recent weeks. He'll presumably miss a good chunk (or all) of training camp and the preseason, yet hopes to be on the field when the Ravens face the Bills in Week 1. Prospective owners should keep in mind that Smith will only be 10 months removed from a torn Achilles, an injury that often saps players of their effectiveness for quite some time after they're able to play in games. Teammate Terrell Suggs and Raiders wideout Michael Crabtree are among the most notable examples of players that made quick recoveries from torn Achilles tendons, only to discover that they were shells of their usual selves upon first returning. It's also worth noting that the Ravens significantly improved the depth of their receiving corps, after heavily relying on Smith for the first half of last season, and then turning to Kamar Aiken down the stretch. Aiken, Breshad Perriman and Mike Wallace are all expected to have significant roles.

QSteve Smith
WR BAL (8)
6 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.

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 (8)
8 months ago

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

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.