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

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

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:

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.

---End of Update---

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. 

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:

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

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:

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. 

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