BALTIMORE -- The excitement of the Ravens’ last-second, 29-26 win over the Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday was somewhat muted by news that star wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. is lost for the season with a torn Achilles.
Smith was injured late in the third quarter as he ran after making a catch. He finished five catches for 82 yards. While Smith was treated on the field, players from both teams kneeled nearby.
As the Ravens (2-6) savored just their second win of the season – secured on Justin Tucker’s 39-yard field goal as time expired -- and looked forward to the coming bye week, the news about Smith weighed heavily on his teammates and the Chargers as well.
Here is some of the reaction from the locker room:
QB Joe Flacco: “I’m not afraid to say when you have a guy like that, what he means to this team, this organization, myself, what he’s done and just the kind of competitor he is … it’s probably a little tougher when you lose a guy like that.”
CB Lardarius Webb: “It’s sad. … He’s meant so much to this team. Just his leadership, the guy who he is, he teaches so much. He’s amazing, man. … Just a genuine guy, a competitor, a winner. We’re going to miss him.”
DT Timmy Jernigan: “It was definitely a blow. We know what Steve stood for. Steve is the toughest person I know. He’s the toughest person I’ve ever seen in my life. The dude’s tough as nails. I just pray everything works out for him.”
CB Asa Jackson: “That’s a guy that comes in and is just the epitome of a professional, but still one of the coolest and most fun guys to be around day to day. I’ve learned so much from him, not only on the field for Sundays, but off the field and how to live and how to treat people.”
LB Elvis Dumervil: “It’s tough, man, but in the NFL it happens. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We just have to keep going.”
WR Marlon Brown: “It’s heartbreaking.”
Chargers CB Brandon Flowers: “That’s hard. That’s hard to see because I respect Steve so much. You don’t want to see a guy like that go down for the rest of the season at all. That’s tough. That’s why our whole defense huddled around him, so much respect to what he’s put into the game.”