OWINGS MILLS – Steve Smith will have Achilles surgery next week, according to Ravens coach John Harbaugh. As for Smith’s plans for his NFL future, Harbaugh had no update at his Monday press conference.
“He didn’t express any decisions to me one way or the other, and I think it’s probably too emotional of a time right now to make any decision like that,” Harbaugh said. “He’ll make those decisions in due time.”
Asked if he would try to persuade Smith not to retire, Harbaugh said, “I’ll respect it (Smith’s decision).
However, the Ravens clearly want Smith to play again next season.
“Absolutely,” Harbaugh said. “He’s a great player. It’s really up to him.”
In other news from Monday:
- Harbaugh was not concerned about being out of touch with injured linebacker Terrell Suggs since his season-ending Achilles injury.
Harbaugh also believes Suggs will return in 2016.
“I’ve texted him a little bit, probably two or three times,” Harbaugh said. “He’s not the kind of guy that you have a lot of communication with. If you know Terrell, that’s not how he operates. That’s kind of between him and (general manager) Ozzie (Newsome) right now, as far as where the rehab’s at and what he’s doing. I trust him, and I trust he’s doing everything he has to do to get himself back.”
Harbaugh has the impression Suggs does not want to retire.
“I talked to him right after it happened and he told me, ‘This is another challenge for me to overcome, something along those lines,”’ Harbaugh said. “So I felt very good about it at that time.”
- Harbaugh did not have an update on center Jeremy Zuttah’s shoulder injury, but the coach felt left tackle Eugene Monroe (shoulder) would be back for the Ravens’ next game, Nov. 15 against the Jaguars.
“I talked to Eugene, he felt very confident he would be back,” Harbaugh said.
- Defensive end Brent Urban, who suffered a torn biceps in training camp, should be back in action soon.
“I anticipate that as soon as he’s able to practice he will practice, because he’s healthy,” Harbaugh said. “Not 100 percent healthy, but he’s right there, and he’s really excited to get going.”
- Harbaugh said safety Matt Elam self-reported the incident that led to his recent one-game suspension by the NFL, and that the transgression took place more than a year ago.
“That was a situation that he got involved in down in there in Florida,” Harbaugh said. “He brought that to the league’s attention. This was the result of him doing that. But I give him credit for stepping up.”