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Steve Smith Could Begin 2016 Season with Pair of Milestones

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffSeptember 17, 2016

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 11: Wide receiver Steve Smith #89 of the Baltimore Ravens before the game at M&T Bank Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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When Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith takes the field for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, he will have a chance to earn multiple career milestones. With 49 receiving yards, he will become the 11th player to crack 14,000 career receiving yards, while 54 receiving yards would move him past James Lofton (14,004) for 10th overall on the all-time list, per Pro-Football-Reference.

Set to retire following the 2015 season, Smith suffered a back, knee and finally an Achilles injury that cost that cost him the remainder of the campaign after playing in just seven games total.

Given his toughness, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that the 37-year-old wideout will give it another go, looking to end his career on a high note. 

Smith has been heavily relied upon throughout the majority of his career, and it's possible that will be the case again in 2016 if he can get and stay healthy. The Ravens have mostly unproved and/or declining wideout options, with the likes of Kamar Aiken, Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman joining Smith near the top of the depth chart.

Assuming Smith can stay healthy, there's reason to believe he will continue to climb up the all-time list. The veteran sits within reach of Andre Johnson (14,100) at ninth and former Colts teammates Reggie Wayne (14,345) and Marvin Harrison (14,580), with an outside shot at eventually passing Tim Brown (14,932) for sixth.

An outspoken individual, Smith likely wants to go out on his terms. While the Ravens are a long shot, Smith enters 2016 still in search of his first Super Bowl ring, and what better way to call it a career.

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