Torrey Smith Injury: Updates on Ravens WR's Possible Concussion

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2012

A rough start for the Baltimore Ravens against the Denver Broncos got a bit rougher just after the half, when wide receiver Torrey Smith was taken into the locker room to be tested for a concussion.

UPDATE: Sunday, December 23 at 3:00 p.m. ET

The Ravens' frustrating offense will get a jolt for Sunday's game against the Giants from big-play threat Smith, according to the team

WR Torrey Smith and RB Bernard Pierce are both ACTIVE after suffering concussions last week.

— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 23, 2012

Smith's concussion, along with the potential return of Ray Lewis that didn't come to be, were the two big stories in Ravens practice this week. Getting him back for this game will be a huge emotional lift for a team that needs to do something to stop a three-game losing streak. 



UPDATE: Sunday, December 23 at 9:36 a.m. ET

Torrey Smith (concussion) is expected to play today against the Giants, according to NBC's Mike Florio.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, receiver Torrey Smith has been cleared to play, and he will play, one week after suffering a concussion.

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UPDATE: Friday, December 21 at 4:02 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

While it cannot be fully confirmed until he passes independent neurological tests, it's looking like Smith will play on Sunday. According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the breakout wide receiver was in practice for the second straight day on Friday:

Meanwhile, offensive guard Marshal Yanda and wide receiver Torrey Smith practiced for the second day in a row on a limited basis. Yanda has a sprained right ankle and Smith is recovering from a concussion. Both are questionable, but expected to play Sunday

Though the Ravens have a playoff berth locked up, a win on Sunday would lock up the AFC North a week early. With a matchup against the Giants upcoming, having Smith in the lineup will be critical.

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UPDATE: Thursday, December 20 at 12:58 p.m. ET

Great news for Ravens fans and fantasy owners as Torrey Smith (concussion) has returned to practice, according to NBC's Mike Florio.

Ravens receiver Torrey Smith suffered a concussion on Sunday.  The good news, for now, is that he has been cleared to return to practice.

Per multiple reports, Smith is back on the practice field with his teammates today, on four days after suffering a brain injury against the Broncos.

His presence at practice doesn’t mean he’ll play.  Ultimately, he’ll be required to be cleared by an independent neurologist.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2:09 p.m. ET by Donald Wood

Luke Jones of is reporting that Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, but was on the field:

Torrey Smith (concussion) and Tandon Doss (ankle) were present but not dressed out to practice this afternoon. #Ravens #NFL

— Luke Jones (@BaltimoreLuke) December 19, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 16 at 3:05 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Torrey Smith's afternoon is over, according to the team's official Twitter account:

Injury Update: RB Bernard Pierce and WR Torrey Smith are both OUT with concussions.

— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 16, 2012

This is obviously a tough break for the Ravens, especially on an afternoon when so much else went wrong. 

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From CBS Fantasy Football:

#Ravens WR Torrey Smith is going to the locker room to get checked for a possible concussion

— CBSFantasyFootball (@CBSFantasyFB) December 16, 2012

The team's official Twitter account verified the report:

Torrey Smith is headed to the locker rooom now. Also, there's no sign of RB Bernard Pierce on the sidelines.

— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 16, 2012

One promising sign for the team is that he did report back to the sidelines, though it remains unknown if he'll re-enter the game. From Michelle Beisner of NFL Network:

Ravens WR Torrey Smith is back on the sidelines. #DENvsBAL

— Michelle Beisner (@MichelleBeisner) December 16, 2012

Hopefully, Smith will be concussion-free and able to return.

At the time of this publication, the Ravens were trailing the Broncos 24-3, and the potential loss of Smith promised to make the comeback attempt all the more difficult.

Before being injured, Smith had one reception for 14 yards.

In an up-and-down season for the Ravens, Smith has been a bright spot, with 44 receptions for 767 yards and seven touchdowns. Though predominately a field-stretching deep threat for the squad, Smith has shown growth as a complete receiver in Baltimore's offense and a reliable target for Joe Flacco.

Be sure to keep it here as more updates become available on his injury status.


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