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Smith: 'I'm glad I came back up here'

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Smith: 'I'm glad I came back up here'

Torrey Smith made a long, painful drive back from Virginia to Baltimore on Sunday, his body wracked by grief and fatigue.

After learning of the fatal motorcycle accident that killed his brother, Tevin Jones, last Saturday night in Virginia, Smith drove there to be with family. He didnt sleep on the way there, or the rest of the night. He said he finally dozed off for about an hour early Sunday morning before returning to Baltimore, where the Ravens were preparing to play a big early-season game against the Patriots.

The Ravens left the decision on whether Smith would play up to him, and he said he decided at about 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon that he would play.

And wow, did he ever play.

Fueled by sheer adrenaline and emotion, Smith finished with six catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Ravens to an emotional, thrilling 31-30 win.

After his touchdowns, cheers of Torrey! Torrey! rained down from the announced crowd of 71,269, and there were more emotional hugs than usual for him on the sideline.

When Torrey said he wanted to play, the decision was finished, coach John Harbaugh said. He was going to get the opportunity to play. He deserved that. If it didnt work out, then wed have known, and hed have known. Obviously, hes a pretty special guy.

Smith, who was fighting back tears moments before the game, said afterward that, Emotionally, I didnt know how Id hold up.

Being a receiver, youve got to have your mind clear, he added. You cant have anything weighing on (making you) tense up, thats going to cause you to drop the ball, or have mistakes, and I didnt want to hurt my team. I came here and ran around and the more comfortable I started to feel.

Im glad I came back up here. I think it helped me out a lot.

Jacoby Jones said that in the hours before the game, Im just trying to make him laugh, talk about something different just to ease his mind.

To be able to suffer something like that and come step in between those white lines and play the way he played? I think its great, Jones added. I look up to him. I dont know if Id be able to do that.

Added cornerback Lardarius Webb: If I lose my brother, I dont know if I could play. So I have to look at his character and think hes a very strong guy. Hes a strong cat.

Smith said that much of his extended family, still back in Virginia, wasnt even sure whether he would play, but then he texted his mother to let him know hed be on the field.

She was excited about it, he said. She was like, Of course he would want you to play.

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Ravens not counting on having LB C.J. Mosley vs. Broncos on Sunday

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Ravens not counting on having LB C.J. Mosley vs. Broncos on Sunday

BALTIMORE -- Coming off a long weekend following their first loss of the season, the Baltimore Ravens have implemented a contingency plan for moving forward without three-time Pro Bowl linebacker C.J. Mosley.

Mosley bruised his left knee Thursday night in a 34-23 defeat at Cincinnati. Although the fifth-year standout receives a few extra days to recover, it's unlikely he will ready for Sunday's game against unbeaten Denver.

"It isn't a structural issue. That's good news," coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "We'll just see how that thing comes along and keep our fingers crossed."

Rookie linebacker Kenny Young and Patrick Onwuasor played the position after Mosley left in the first quarter. Though the Ravens tightened up defensively in the second half, they yielded touchdowns on four straight series after Mosley's departure.

"It definitely seemed like things were a little bit scrambled when you lose a guy like that," cornerback Marlon Humphrey said. "Just him being out there makes everything smoother."

To help fill the void, the Ravens on Monday signed Albert McClellan , who played six years for Baltimore before being cut on Sept. 1.

McClellan missed all of last year with a knee injury but has 90 games of NFL experience, all with the Ravens.

"Albert is a very good football player. He knows everything we do," Harbaugh said. "He gives us a lot on special teams and can play middle linebacker. I would say he kind of solidifies in there a little bit, having so many young players in the group."

To make room for McClellan, the Ravens placed cornerback Maurice Canady on injured reserve with a thigh injury. Harbaugh said it's not a season-ending injury, and it's possible that Canady could return later in the season.

Mosley led the Ravens last year with a career-high 132 tackles and is in charge of calling the plays on defense. That role has been handed to safety Eric Weddle.

Young appears in position to make his first NFL start. Selected out of UCLA in the fourth round of the NFL draft, the 23-year-old Young made a favorable impression before his making seven tackles last week in Cincinnati.

"He's going a great job. We're real happy with him," Harbaugh said. "He's very smart, very studious, very conscientious. I think his learning curb is steep."

After beating Buffalo 47-3 in the opener, the Ravens (1-1) took a huge step back last week. The Bengals led 28-7 in the second quarter and cruised to the finish.

Following a short week, the Ravens enjoyed a rare weekend that did not involve playing football.

"Yeah, that's valuable to have that, as far as recovery and things like that, and study," Harbaugh said.

It also provided the team some extra time to get over the Cincinnati game.

"You just can't beat yourself up too much because if you do, that just takes you in a downward path," Harbaugh said. "What it's going to boil down to in the end is, who's mentally tougher over the long haul? You've got to keep grinding."

There are plenty of unbeaten teams remaining, including the Broncos, but Harbaugh believes it's way too early to start identifying the best clubs in the league.

"Nobody in the NFL is a good football team yet," he said. "It remains to be seen who the good football teams are, and that's what we've got to try to become."

Harbaugh said tight end Hayden Hurst (foot) and defensive tackle Willie Henry (abdomen) won't practice this week.

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Ravens Week 2 Player of the Game: WR John Brown

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Ravens Week 2 Player of the Game: WR John Brown

Coming off a strong Week 1 performance, the Ravens marched into Cincinnati for Week 2 and put up a dud.

The defense struggled immediately without C.J. Mosley, and Joe Flacco and the offense saw their share of unfortunate turnovers. 

While there was much to be concerned about in their 34-23 loss, one Raven that brought a high to a mainly low night was offseason addition John Brown.

Brown's night was highlighted by an insane 21-yard touchdown that put the Ravens within five in the fourth quarter. Prior to that, Flacco connected with the wide receiver for a 45-yard completion on third down. 'Smoke' also drew a 30-yard penalty that helped set up a touchdown, finishing his night with four catches for 92 yards.

The connection between Flacco and Brown was apparent throughout training camp, and in two games, the 28-year-old has become a trusted target. He currently leads the Ravens with 136 yards and two touchdowns and his 19.43-yard average is well above his fellow receivers. The speed he possess makes it difficult for defenses to keep up, and if Brown can stay healthy, he could be the consistent deep-threat the team's been looking for for years. 

 “I’m satisfied, and I did pretty good," Brown said after the Ravens' Week 1 win. "But it doesn’t stop right here.”

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