Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm
Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 10. Gillmore is a Sneaky Start against the Jaguars with Steve L Smith’s targets up for grabs.
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 6:09pm
Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 6:46pm
Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Gillmore should be able to play through the shoulder injury and may see a few extra looks with Steve L Smith out for the year.
This is what happens when Steve L Smith is lost for the season with an Achilles injury and first-round pick Breshad Perriman is sidelined with a sprained knee. If Sunday's 29-26 win over the San Diego Chargers is any indication, Aiken will assume Smith's role as Joe Flacco's top target.
After Smith left late in the third quarter, Aiken was targeted on half of Flacco's 10 passes. He caught five passes for 59 yards in a little over a quarter and drew a key 21-yard pass-interference penalty that set up the winning kick.
Steve L Smith's retirement tour was cut short Sunday in the cruelest way imaginable.
The 36-year old announced in August that this would be his final campaign, and our final image of him will be a sad one. Smith had to be carried off the field with a towel over his face, unable to put any weight on his right leg. Just minutes prior to the injury, Smith had passed Cris Carter for 10th in career receiving yards.
"He's pretty shook up about it," Harbaugh said after the game. "Shook up's not a right word. He's just really -- he's hurting."
There have been those speculating Smith wasn't ruling out coming back next year because of not wanting to go out on a losing season, so it remains to be seen if this injury changes his mind.
Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:45pm
Ravens WR Steve L Smith (knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 8. This is a new injury for ol’ Smitty, who was just dealing with fractured vertebrae in his back. According to beat writer Jamison Hensley, Smith was a little gimpy in a limited practice on Friday, but the probable tag means that he’s going to play.
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6:14pm
Ravens WR Steve L Smith (knee) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps. This is a new injury for ol’ Smitty, who was just dealing with fractured vertebrae in his back. We’ll see what he can do on Friday.
The Baltimore Ravens said they won't trade wide receiver Steve L Smith, even though it's in the best interest of the team and the the five-time Pro Bowl player to do so if Smith does intend to retire at the end of the season.
A trade would give the one-win Ravens an additional draft pick that's needed to help rebuild the team, and Smith would play his final season for a Super Bowl contender.
So, why won't Baltimore deal Smith? Perhaps the Ravens believe Smith is wavering about this being his final season, and the next 10 weeks gives them a chance to persuade him to come back.
Last week, Smith told Baltimore reporters as well as Arizona reporters on a conference call that he remains "on schedule" for what he announced earlier this year. The fact that he doesn't even say the word "retirement" makes it sound like he's not as definitive as he was two months ago. If Smith wants to end speculation that he is contemplating delaying retirement for a season, all he has to say is he's definitely retiring at the end the year and nothing will change his mind. But he hasn't, and the Ravens have to be pleased that he hasn't, the story said.
Friday, October 16, 2015, 6:15pm
Ravens WR Steve L Smith (back, questionable) took limited practice reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 6. Smith is practicing but “doesn’t have the same burst,” per beat writer Jamison Hensley. He told reporters that his “expectation of playing is very low.” Kamar Aiken will be a Sneaky Start again this week with Smith likely sidelined.
Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6:18pm
Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:11pm
Ravens WR Steve L Smith (back, doubtful) missed practice again Friday and is doubtful for Week 5. Kamar Aiken is a Sneaky Start with Smith out. Last week, Aiken managed 5-77-1 against the Steelers, and he posted 5-89 on seven targets against the Raiders in Week 2.
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm
Ravens WR Steve L Smith (back) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice. Kamar Aiken is a Sneaky Start with Smith out. Last week, Aiken managed 5-77-1 against the Steelers, and he posted 5-89 on seven targets against the Raiders in Week 2.
In a sideline interview while supporting his brother, Jim, and his Michigan team against the University of Maryland on Saturday, Harbaugh told CSN Mid-Atlantic that “they’ve ruled him out for the Cleveland game."
Harbaugh said Monday “nothing’s really changed since then.
“He’s week-to-week,” Harbaugh said. “There’s no official ruling. I saw a place that said I officially ruled him out. I don’t think I’m able to do that, to be honest with you. That has to be on the injury report. But he had a tough injury. Steve’s a tough guy, so he’ll be back as soon as he can.”
When asked a follow-up question about that prognosis he gave Saturday, Harbaugh clarified:
“The injury report rules people out,” he said. “That’s how it works. There’s a process to that. We’ll just follow the process on that. I’ve got my own thoughts on it, as I stated, but I’m just telling you there’s a process to it, as far as the official process.”
It sounds like Smith is out, but Harbaugh probably wasn't supposed to make such an announcement without using the injury report. We'll continue to monitor but all signs points to Smith not being able to play in Week 5
This is a major loss for the last-place Ravens (1-3), who are looking to build momentum after winning their first game of the season.
Smith has "some small micro fractures in his back," according to Harbaugh. There is hope that Smith will play after the Browns game, Harbaugh said.
"I think he's going to be OK in the long run," said Harbaugh, who was interviewed at the Michigan-Maryland game where his brother Jim was coaching.
The Ravens can't afford to lose Smith for an extended period because he's their only consistent playmaker on offense. Smith is Baltimore's leading receiver with 29 catches for 373 yards and two touchdowns. The other Ravens receivers have totaled 25 receptions for 292 yards and one touchdown.
Smith was called week to week earlier Saturday but has now been already ruled out for Week 5. His prognosis seemed a lot more positive earlier Sunday but is trending down. It's good news the team thinks he may be able to play beyond Week 5 but his situation is going to have to be monitored.
"He's going to be fine," the source said. "Just a little ginger."
Smith was speared in his lower back by Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons late in the third quarter of the Ravens' 23-20 overtime win in Pittsburgh on Thursday night. He did not return to the game, and the Ravens announced the injury as a lower back contusion.
"He does have a back injury," Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne said in a statement Saturday. "It is not a surgical issue. His status is currently week to week."
We likely won't know more about Smith's back and his status for Week 5 until later next week. The Ravens host Cleveland in an early game.
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