Steve Smith WR BAL 3 Months

Though Smith (illness) did not practice Friday, he is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Per the Baltimore Sun, Smith has a cold, but should be fine for Sunday's game, with his Week 15 status of import, given that fellow wideout Torrey Smith (also listed as probable this week) is dealing with a knee issue.

Steve Smith WR BAL 3 Months

Smith was at practice Friday but not participating, the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reports.

Smith sat out Thursday's practice, but that is just standard procedure for the veteran to get some extra rest. Friday's lack of participation is more puzzling, so we'll pay close attention to the injury report to see whether Smith is dealing with some kind of ailment.

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Smith had seven catches on 11 targets for 70 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's win over the Dolphins.

With Torrey Smith sidelined with a knee injury, Smith finished with his second-highest target number of the season, and he's now scored twice in the last three games. If Torrey Smith has to miss any additional time, Steve Smith could be a solid option in Week 15 against the Jaguars, who are allowing the ninth-most passing yards per game this season.

Steve Smith WR BAL 3 Months

Smith caught 1-of-4 targets for two yards in Sunday's 34-33 loss to the Chargers.

Between dropped passes and an inability to create separation, Smith quite clearly had his worst game of the season. He acknowledged as much afterward, saying that the Baltimore offense was essentially playing with 10 men. Smith has largely been disappointing since Week 6, but he's still a big part of the Baltimore offense, and still has some gas left in the tank. Week 14 will bring a tough road matchup with the excellent Miami defense.

Steve Smith WR BAL 3 Months

Smith caught 4-of-6 targets for 89 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 34-27 win over the Saints.

Smith got off to a fast start, catching two passes for 29 yards and a spectacular touchdown on Baltimore's opening drive, and then adding a 40-yard reception toward the end of the first quarter. He didn't do much over the next three quarters, as Joe Flacco finished the game with just 24 pass attempts. Smith Sr. and Torrey Smith are essentially co-No. 1 receivers, and while they account for a healthy portion of the targets, Baltimore's balanced offense often limits both players' opportunities. After recording double-digit targets in three of his first four games with the Ravens, Smith Sr. has garnered between five and nine looks in each of the past seven games.

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Smith caught 3-of-7 targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 21-7 win over the Titans.

The elder Smith's star has faded from earlier this season, while Torrey Smith has bounced back from a slow start. Steve's targets have been more consistent on a week-to-week basis, but Torrey gets more deep looks and opportunities for touchdowns. With six games remaining, we can expect something between the early-season hot streak and the recent slump when Smith Sr. and the Ravens return from a Week 11 bye to face the Saints.

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Smith caught 5-of-8 targets for 36 yards in Sunday's 43-23 loss to the Steelers.

Smith has expectedly slowed down from his torrid start to the season, but the extent of the drop off is surprising. He's turned in sub-par outings four of the last five weeks, and while he has a respectable 17 targets over the last two games, his efficiency (more so) and involvement (less so) have been heading in the wrong direction. Not that the veteran isn't capable of going deep down the field, but Smith's huge early-season numbers always seemed a bit fluky, as they were largely built on the strength of three long touchdown catches, including one on a broken play and another on a deflection. In any case, he should find a happy medium between what we saw early in the season and his ongoing slump, with a Week 10 home game against the Titans providing a nice opportunity to bounce back.

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Smith had three catches on nine targets for 35 yards Sunday against the Bengals.

Smith was having a fairly pedestrian day but almost made up for all of it by catching an 80-yard touchdown with under a minute remaining. Unfortunately, the score was called back after Smith was hit with an offensive pass interference penalty. Smith has had a number of big games this season, but he's caught just six passes on 14 targets for 102 yards in the last two games combined, though he'll face a Steelers defense in Week 9 that allowed 400 passing yards to the Colts on Sunday.

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Smith caught 3-of-5 targets for 67 yards in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Falcons.

Smith fell short of five receptions and seven targets for the first time this season, but he at least managed a decent yardage total, thanks to an impressive 49-yard gain on a screen. Joe Flacco attempted just 25 passes as the Ravens played the entire game with a lead, and TE Owen Daniels recorded a team-high nine targets and six receptions. The Ravens will likely throw the ball more often next week in Cincinnati, but Flacco is averaging just 30.5 attempts per game since throwing a career-high 62 passes in a Week 1 loss to the Bengals. While he still easily leads the team in receptions (38), targets (59) and receiving yards (640), Smith has come back to Earth a bit over the last three weeks, after recording 25 receptions for 429 yards and three touchdowns in his first four games with the Ravens.

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Smith caught 5-of-6 targets for 110 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 48-17 win over the Buccaneers.

Smith bounced back strong from his worst game as a Raven, topping 100 yards for the fourth time in six tries. His six targets actually led the team, as QB Joe Flacco needed just 29 pass attempts to toss five touchdowns. While the Flacco-to-Smith connection has been strong this season, the duo's impressive mark of 10.6 yards per target will very likely decline. As good as he's been this year, Smith isn't the type of receiver that's going to keep hauling in a long touchdown every other week. He is, however, the clear top dog in a much-improved Baltimore passing game.