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Saturday, October 3, 2015, 8:44pm
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve L Smith has been ruled out for next Sunday's game against the against the Cleveland Browns, coach John Harbaugh told Comcast SportsNet on Saturday.
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.
Posted by Brandon Niles
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 10:11am
Week 4 at Pittsburgh
Steve Smith Sr. had another huge game against the Bengals last week, catching 13 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns. He very nearly won the game for the Ravens, and would have if A.J. Green hadn’t also had a monster game of his own. Smith is the main cog in the Ravens offense right now.
This week, Smith will face the Pittsburgh Steelers. He struggled a bit against them last season, but they just gave up seven catches and 102 yards to Kenny Britt last week against the Rams. Smith will continue to be fed the ball, which makes him a borderline WR1 for as long as he keeps producing. He had 17 targets last week, and while that’s a lofty number to expect every game, he should be active in all fantasy lineups while he remains the Ravens number one offensive weapon.
2015 Strength of Schedule - BAL
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
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