Smith officially announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday. In his letter to commissioner Roger Goodell, Smith said, "This is to notify you that as of today I, Steve Smith Sr., will no longer be antagonizing defensive backs. I am retiring from the National Football League."
Smith finishes his storied career as the NFL's seventh-leading receiver, racking up 14,731 yards over 16 seasons. He's also one of 14 players in NFL history with over 1,000 career receptions (1,031). The five-time Pro Bowler played his first 13 seasons with the Panthers, during which time he helped lead the Panthers to Super Bowl XXXVIII and also led the league in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns in 2005 after missing the majority of the 2004 campaign with a broken leg. Although Smith checked in at just 5-foot-9, he still struck fear into opposing secondaries with his tenacity, speed, and ability to come down with the ball in seemingly every contested situation. Given his body of work and standing among some of the All-Time greats in terms of receptions and yards, Smith figures to be a candidate for the Hall of Fame once he's eligible.
Smith caught three of five targets for 34 yards Sunday in Cincinnati.
Smith recently stated that there's an 89 percent chance he's retiring after this season, so this could well have been the final game of his Hall-of-Fame caliber career. The 37-year-old wide receiver finishes the season with 70 catches for 799 yards and five touchdowns. Smith found the end zone 81 times while topping 100 yards on 51 occasions over 16 NFL campaigns.
Smith (thigh) hauled in all seven of his targets for 79 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Steelers.
Smith shook off a sore thigh to rip off a 44-yard catch and run, as well as an 18-yard touchdown early in the third quarter that gave the Ravens a 13-7 lead at the time. The veteran receiver saw seven targets for the second consecutive game and has received at least six looks from Joe Flacco in each of the last four games. He also has touchdowns in consecutive games and will look to make a splash in what could be the final game of his career in Week 17 against the Bengals.
Smith (thigh) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Steelers.
Though Smith was an addition to the Ravens' injury report Thursday, a return to practice Friday solidified the notion that the veteran wideout would give it a go Sunday. Smith, who was on the field for 49 of the 58 snaps on offense in Week 15's win over the Eagles, has been targeted a total of 23 times over his last three outings, and figures to continue seeing his share of looks in the Baltimore offense Sunday.
Smith (thigh) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers after practicing in full Friday.
Smith was an addition to the Ravens' injury report Thursday, but Friday's full practice indicates that the veteran wideout will be able to tough it out Sunday. He was on the field for 49 of the 58 snaps on offense in Week 15's win over the Eagles, catching two of seven targets for 40 yards and a TD. Smith has been targeted a total of 23 times over his last three games, and he figures to continue seeing his share of looks in Week 16.
Smith (thigh) took part in Friday's practice, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Smith was added to the Ravens' injury report Thursday after not being listed on it the day before, but his participation in Friday's session puts him on track to play in the Ravens' Christmas Day matchup with the Steelers.
Smith was added to the Ravens' injury report Thursday after being limited by a thigh issue.
More on Smith's status no later than Friday, but at this stage, we'd be surprised if the wideout sat out Sunday's game against the Steelers.
Smith nabbed two of seven targets for 40 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Eagles.
Smith snapped a three-game scoreless streak just before halftime, toasting his coverage for a 34-yard touchdown. The rest of the game wasn't quite as nice for Smith, who had yet to be held to under three catches in a game this season. The Ravens' passing offense has taken some strides in recent weeks, but Smith's numbers have actually gone down. Look for them to creep back up next week against the Steelers, a team that surrendered four catches to Smith earlier this season and ranks in the bottom third of the league in pass defense.
Smith caught four passes (on six targets) for 57 yards in Monday's loss to the Patriots.
Smith led Baltimore in receiving yards once again Monday, even though it marked his third straight game with under 60 yards through the air. The veteran also hasn't scored over that span, so he'll be eager to correct that with a big game against the Eagles this Sunday.
Smith secured six passes (10 targets) for 53 yards against the Dolphins on Sunday.
Joe Flacco threw the ball 47 times Sunday. Smith's targets marked his highest total since Week 4, though he's remained an effective play maker throughout the season. The 37-year-old is second on the team in receiving touchdowns (three) and receiving yards (589), behind only speedster Mike Wallace in both categories. Smith will try to keep it going against the Patriots next Monday night.
Smith hauled in all four of his targets for 20 yards in Sunday's win over the Bengals.
It was a muted performance from Smith on Sunday as he was held in check by Cincinnati's Dre Kirkpatrick. Smith was blanketed, drawing just four targets from quarterback Joe Flacco, which marks his lowest total in that category in any full game this season. Perhaps the most frustrating part of Smith's four targets is that he was on the field for nearly every offensive snap. He'll have the tough task of solving a Miami defense that ranks eighth in the league in QB rating allowed Sunday.
Smith caught eight of nine targets for 99 yards in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Cowboys.
Smith was the second most-targeted Raven on Sunday and helped keep the game close with a five-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter. He netted his second-highest yardage output of the season and found the end zone for the second straight game after scoring just once in his first six. Smith retains fantasy value as Joe Flacco's go-to option and should be heavily involved again next week against the Bengals.
Smith (ankle) brought in five of seven targets for 60 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 28-7 win over the Browns.
The veteran receiver tied for second on the Ravens in receptions while also equaling his second-best total in that category on the season. His 11-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter was only his second of the campaign, with both having come in the last four games. Smith will look to play a pivotal role once again in a Week 11 showdown against the Cowboys.
Smith (ankle) was not listed on Monday's practice participation/injury report.
This nugget appears to be a pretty clear indication that Smith avoided any setbacks in his return to action in Sunday's win over the Steelers. The veteran wideout is thus on track to remain in the mix for Thursday night's game against the Browns after seeing action on 58 out of a possible 70 snaps on offense for the Ravens in Week 9.
Smith (ankle) caught four of seven targets for 47 yards, and added a successful two-point conversion in Sunday's 21-14 win over the Steelers.
Smith missed the last two games prior to the Week 8 bye due to his ankle injury, but led the team in targets in his return. He has found pay dirt only once all year, as quarterback Joe Flacco has tossed only six touchdowns. Thursday night offers a golden opportunity to add to that total, though, as the winless Browns will be in town.
Smith (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Steelers.
Smith, who last suited up on Oct. 9, will tough it out Sunday and is thus a candidate to see his share of targets in the Ravens' Week 9 offense, in the absence of any setbacks with his balky ankle.
Smith (ankle) is expected to be active for Sunday's game against the Steelers, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Smith, who is officially listed as questionable, has missed the last two games due to the injury, and while he will need to show he's healthy enough to play in a pre-game warmup, the team is expecting him to give it a go.
Smith (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports.
Smith already missed two games prior to a Week 8 bye, and it's not entirely clear that the extra rest will be enough to do the trick. He did manage to increase his practice participation each day this week, going from a DNP on Wednesday to a limited showing Thursday, then capping things off with a full practice Friday. However, Smith may have been a full participant in name only, as multiple reporters made note of his absence from the portion or Friday's practice that was open to the media. His availability may not be known until the Ravens release their inactive list approximately 90 minutes before Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoffs.
Smith (ankle) was not on the field for the portion of Friday's practice that was open to the media, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Smith also missed the open part of Thursday's practice, but he was still listed as a limited participant on the injury report. He'll presumably be listed as limited or absent on the Friday report, with a questionable status likely representing his best-case scenario. If Smith ultimately misses Sunday's game against the Steelers, Mike Wallace will be well positioned to draw double-digit targets for the third time in a span of four games. Breshad Perriman, Kamar Aiken and Chris Moore would take on Smith's usual snaps, just as they did in the two games prior to the team's Week 8 bye.
Updating a previous item, Smith (ankle) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday.
The session marks Smith's first practice since Oct. 7, with Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun relaying that the veteran wideout "really wants to be on field Sunday" against the Steelers. Having been listed as practicing Thursday, albeit in a limited fashion, opens the door for such an outcome potentially transpiring.
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