The Baltimore Ravens haven't had a lot to be happy about after five games of the 2015 NFL season.
So far, the Ravens find themselves with a lowly 1-4 record that should definitely be considered as deeply under-performing for a team that won a Super Bowl just three years ago. This Ravens side is a long way from those lofty heights, and things are only getting worse truth be told.
With Justin Forsett expected to miss this weekend's trip to face the San Francisco 49ers - the team they faced in that Super Bowl - thanks to injury, Ravens fans were already fearing the worst. And now their chances have taken another big blow.
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No Smith Return
Veteran wide receiver Steve Smith has been out on the practice field all week as he looks to make his return from injury. But despite looking like he would make his return, Smith has revealed that this weekend's game has come too soon for him to play, no matter how much the team needs him out on the field at Levi's Stadium.
“To be honest, my expectation of playing is very low,” Smith said, via the team’s official Twitter account.
Smith has been limited in practice this week, after missing last week’s game against the Browns. The Ravens declared him “week to week” after fracturing some of his ribs during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in week four.
Smith has a widely heralded tolerance for pain, so for him not to be able to get out on the field against the 49ers must mean that he is really struggling.
Things are bad for the Ravens right now, and it doesn't look like they'll be bucking that recent trend on Sunday.