Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. suffered a torn Achilles tendon Sunday and will miss the rest of the season, coach John Harbaugh announced.
He went down with 1 minute, 59 seconds left in the third quarter after catching a 17-yard pass to convert a third down. He immediately grabbed the Achilles on his right leg.
Unable to put any weight on it, Smith draped his arm around trainers to get off the field.
“What hurts the most is that I can’t be out there with my guys,” Smith said in a statement. “We had a great team win today, and that’s really all that counts.”
Smith, 36, moved into the top 10 on the NFL’s all-time receiving yards list earlier in the game. He was leading the Ravens with 82 yards on five catches when he left.
This has been a painful season for Smith. He suffered four microfractures in his back on Oct. 1 but missed only one game. He was limited in practice last week after tweaking his knee in practice.
Earlier Sunday, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that the Ravens had no intention of trading the veteran wide receiver. Smith has repeatedly said that he plans to retire after this season.
After Sunday’s game, however, Harbaugh said he had a feeling Smith will reconsider that decision.
“I have a feeling Steve Smith will be back,” he said.
Harbaugh spoke with Smith after the game and told him how much he loves and respects him.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how this story ends,” Harbaugh said.
SOURCE: ESPN – Jamison Hensley