Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith is considered "day-to-day" after X-rays revealed he suffered four broken ribs in Thursday's 23-20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network broke the news, correcting previous reports that stated Smith suffered broken back bones. As Chick Hernandez of Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic noted, the injury is to the back part of Smith's ribs, hence the confusion.
Given the varying reports, the team tweeted out a statement to dispel any rumors.
Smith, 36, left Thursday's game in the fourth quarter after taking a hit to the lower back and did not return. He finished the game with four receptions for 24 yards and had some choice words for Steelers safety Mike Mitchell afterward.
"The best thing I could do without threatening him and saying, 'I will assault him when I see him' is I will say, 'I look forward to playing him again, and he's on my lifetime hit list,'" Smith said, per Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com.
It's worth noting it was actually Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons, not Mitchell, who delivered the blow. Mitchell was not involved in the play in question, though Smith's pointed words indicate there might be some longstanding bad blood between the former teammates.
Aaron Wilson of National Football Post reported Smith may not miss time given his "legendary ability" to play through pain. The Ravens could certainly use Smith in the lineup. He's already posted 29 receptions for 373 yards and two touchdowns this season, maintaining his status as Joe Flacco's best downfield option despite his advancing age.
The Ravens are nonetheless setting up a contingency plan. The team announced earlier Saturday it had acquired wideout Chris Givens from the St. Louis Rams for a conditional draft pick. While Givens won't be able to replace Smith, he's a healthy body for a receiving corps that's already without rookie Breshad Perriman and is now without slot guy Michael Campanaro, whom the team also announced was placed on injured reserve.
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