Prior to the season beginning, Ravens WR Steve Smith said this would be his last year. In the same game where he passed Cris Carter into 10th place on the all-time yardage list, Smith tore his Achilles and is out for the season. Now, the question remains whether or not the 36-year-old will still hang it up like this and end his career being helped off the field.
Steve Smith’s retirement tour was cut short Sunday in the cruelest way imaginable.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced that Smith suffered a torn Achilles during the team’s 29-26 win over the Chargers in Baltimore.
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.”