The Baltimore Ravens were hit with a significant blow last night to their offense, as their top wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. tore his Achilles tendon against the San Diego Chargers, and will be out for the remainder of the season.
Smith has been a key part of the Ravens offense so far this season and was shining bright, so much that there were several teams interested in acquiring his services before the trade deadline approached on November 3.
But now, that interest has diminished, and his retirement tour was cut short, due to the wide receiver tearing his Achilles tendon in his team's 29-26 win over the Chargers in Baltimore.
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Ravens' head coach John Harbaugh said after the game, according to NFL.com: "He's pretty shook up about it. Shook up's not a right word. He's just really -- he's hurting."
This injury is probably hurting as much physically as it is mentally for the wide receiver, as he isn't able to bow out of the league in the fashion which he desired. Smith announced in August that he would be retiring at the end of the season.
Nevertheless, Smith addressed Ravens fans after the game on Twitter in a humorous way despite the setback.
If we have seen Smith play in the NFL for the last time, he has truly bowed out of the game as one of the best receivers of his generation and a future Hall of Famer. However, Harbaugh doesn't believe this is the end of Smith's playing days, and I don't hope so either.
He said: "I have a feeling Steve Smith will be back. I love him, respect him, admire him. I told him that. That's the kind of man he is and he'll be back."