Torrey Smith's Status Uncertain vs. Patriots Following Loss of Brother

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 11:  Torrey Smith #82 of the Baltimore Ravens wears a patch  commemorating the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks before the start of the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith's status for Sunday night's matchup against the New England Patriots is unclear following the death of his brother this weekend. 

Smith posted the news about his brother's passing on Twitter early Sunday morning:

I can't believe my little brother is thankful for your loved ones and tell them you love them...this is the hardest thing ever

— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) September 23, 2012


UPDATE: Sunday, September 23 at 7:18 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Smith has been insisting that he will play (per CBS Sports' Josh Katzowitz), and that appears to be the case. The Baltimore Ravens released their inactives list via Twitter Sunday evening, and Smith isn't anywhere to be found:

#Ravens Inactives: WR LaQuan Williams, CB Asa Jackson, G/T Jah Reid, TE Billy Bajema, DE DeAngeloTyson, OLB Sergio Kindle, DT Bryan Hall

— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 23, 2012

Playing at all requires incredible courage from Smith, and you have to admire the effort. He will try to provide a dangerous deep threat for the Ravens Sunday night as they look to defeat the Patriots.


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UPDATE: Sunday, September 23 at 4:05 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

Smith's tumultuous weekend appears as if it will end with him suiting up against the Patriots on Sunday night. 

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Smith is back with the Ravens after going to be with his family. 

Torrey smith has returned from virginia from being with his family and is with the team now per a source all indications are he'll play

— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) September 23, 2012

It is going to be a difficult task to get through this game, but with the way the Ravens play as a unit, you have to believe the team will do everything to help him make it through the end with a victory. 



According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Smith's brother, Kevin, was in a motorcycle accident early Sunday morning night:

Torry Smith has left the Ravens hotel following the death of his younger brother Kevin in a motorcycle accident at 2 am ...

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 23, 2012

La Canfora is also reporting that the Ravens will leave Smith's status for this game in his hands:

The Ravens are leaving any decision to play tonite up to Smith. The accident is believed to have occured in nearby Virginia.

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 23, 2012

Shortly after La Canfora's report, Sal Paolantonio of ESPN reported on SportsCenter (via Evan Silva of ProFootballTalk) that Smith wants to be in the lineup when the Ravens take the field:

Per Sal Paolantonio, Torrey Smith informed #Ravens he still wants to play 2nite despite brother's death. Team will leave decision up to him.

— Evan Silva (@evansilva) September 23, 2012

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has released a statement (via Baltimore Sun) about the situation and Smith's status for Sunday night. 

"Torrey's priority is his family," Harbaugh said. "We understand that completely."

"This is devastatingly sad, sad news. Torrey and his family are a close, special 
family, and our hearts and thoughts reach out to all of them. Our hearts ache today. We pray for Tevin, his mother, Torrey and the rest of the family. God  bless Tevin."

In the grand scheme of things, a football game isn't that important. At the same time, for Smith, this game can be therapeutic. It not only gives him a release from the emotional pain that he is undoubtedly feeling right now, but it will also allow him to honor his brother. 

Smith knows what is best for himself and his family at this time, so there is no doubt he will do the right thing, whatever that is. 

The Ravens drafted Smith in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft out of Maryland. He had 50 receptions for 841 yards and seven touchdowns in his rookie season. Through two games in 2012, Smith has 108 yards on four catches. 

We will keep you updated on Smith's status for Sunday night's game following this tragedy when more news becomes available.