Coach John Harbaugh shot down speculation that the reeling Ravens might trade veteran receiver Steve Smith Sr. before the Nov. 3 trading deadline, saying that there is "no chance" of that happening.
Smith has already announced that he is retiring after the season. With the Ravens season sliding toward irrelevancy, there has been speculation that the Ravens might move Smith to a contending team in exchange for a future draft pick.
But when asked after Friday's practice about that possibility, Harbaugh said, "That's the first I've heard that one. ... There's no chance of that. I wouldn't part with him."
Smith has been one of the few bright spots for the Ravens this season. He leads the team in every key receiving category, with 36 catches for 510 yards and three touchdown catches despite missing a game with microfractures in his back. Smith already ranks second in Ravens history with seven 100-yard receiving games, and he's been with the team just two seasons.
The NFL trading deadline traditionally doesn't generate nearly as much buzz or activity as the Major League Baseball deadline does, but if there is any activity, don't expect Steve Smith Sr. to be a part of it.