Ravens WR Smith tears Achilles, out for season

Smith is injured while being tackled by San Diego Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett. Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

BALTIMORE — Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith tore his Achilles tendon during the third quarter Sunday against the San Diego Chargers and will miss the rest of the season.

The question now is whether the NFL career of the 36-year-old Smith is over. He had said before the season started that the 2015 season would be his last.

Smith, who led the team with five catches for 82 yards, was injured making a 17-yard catch-and-run.

Earlier in the game, Smith had passed Hall of Famer Cris Carter for 10th place in career receiving yards.

Smith has 41 catches for 588 yards and three touchdowns this season.

His absence is a further blow to the Ravens, who have struggled to make plays this season. Smith has more receptions this season than all of the Ravens’ other receivers combined.

On the Chargers’ first series, left tackle King Dunlap was carted to the locker room after injuring an ankle. As a result, Chris Hairston moved from left guard to left tackle. Kenny Wiggins took over at left guard.

Quarterback Philip Rivers was sacked on the next play, forcing the Chargers to punt.

 

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