Nov 1, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. (89) catches a pass over San Diego Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett (22) in the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Steve Smith Sr.
Smith was off to arguably the best season during his 15-year career, but his season will be cut short because of a torn Achilles’ tendon in the win over the San Diego Chargers this week. On the same day he passed Cris Carter for 10th all-time in career receiving yards, it’s possible we saw Smith play for the last time in the NFL.
He will finish the season with 670 yards and three touchdowns on 46 catches as the Ravens clear No. 1 option on offense. The injury comes at a time when the team has already shut down Michael Campanaro and Darren Waller for the season, and has yet to see first-round pick Breshad Perriman take the field.
It is difficult to imagine just how the Ravens will replace the veteran receiver’s production in the offense as no other receiver on the roster has half the yardage as Smith during the first half of the season.
If Sunday was the last we see of Smith in a Ravens uniform, he truly was the type of player that fit the mantra “play like a Raven.” His toughness and dedication is something every young player in the NFL should strive to be.
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