So perhaps this isn't the end of Steve Smith Sr. after all.
Though the veteran receiver announced his intention to retire at the end of this season, Smith has had an apparent change of heart, per NFL Network's Ian Rapaport.
Not done yet: #Ravens WR Steve Smith Sr. is expected back for 2016, provided he's healthy, sources say. The link —> https://t.co/RywgYgJ6wE
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 20, 2015
Smith's career looked to have been all but over once he tore his Achilles vs. the Chargers in Week 8. But according to the report, he's willing to fight back so he can end his career on his own terms.
If he can prove that he's healthy, Smith will enter his third season with the Ravens at age 37. He may have been get older, but prior to his injury, he had shown no signs of slowing down. After posting 1,065 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 2014, Smith followed that up by amassing 650 yards and three touchdowns in seven games before his season-ending injury.
In his 15-year career, Smith has 1232 receptions for 13,932 yards and 80 touchdowns.