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Ravens' Steve Smith Sr. after tossing helmet: No time for 'kumbayah'

Ravens' Steve Smith Sr. after tossing helmet: No time for 'kumbayah'

OWINGS MILLS – After throwing his helmet in disgust during an early drill at Thursday’s practice, Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. said this was the time of year for intensity. Smith’s focus is simple. He wants to help the Ravens (7-6) make the playoffs.

“Very feisty,” Smith told CSN exclusively following practice, when asked about the team’s mindset. “A very feisty mood. We understand what’s at stake. I don’t think anything’s a happy-go-lucky, kumbayah kind of atmosphere. It’s very up front. We know what’s at stake.”

Asked about the up-and-down nature of the offense this season, Smith said the Ravens need to find consistency.

“What we want to be is high-flying, and scoring a lot of points,” Smith said. “What we don’t want to be is pedestrian. Somewhere in the middle we got to find a rhythm.”

Smith (58 catches, 646 yards, three touchdowns) has 1,019 career catches, and is expected to retire this season, closing a brilliant career at age 37. But despite spraining his ankle earlier this season, Smith said his body was holding up well.

“I’m actually starting to feel better now,” Smith said. “I’m finally getting my legs under me. My ankle’s pretty much healed up. I didn’t get a lot of opportunities (Monday night). They (the Patriots) did a lot of things to neutralize me and Mike (Wallace). But I felt really good, and I feel like I’m getting my speed back. I’m excited about that.”

With the Ravens still in control of their playoff destiny, Smith wants the team to look forward, forget the past, and just concentrate on winning.

“We need to have short-term memory,” Smith said. “Just peddle to the metal. Not allow what has happened, the negative things in the season, to paralyze us. Not rely on all the positives either. Just take everything we’ve had, throw it out the window, and balls to the wall.”

Even if that means Smith occasionally tosses a helmet.

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Report: John Harbaugh to miss NFL Combine after knee replacement surgery

Report: John Harbaugh to miss NFL Combine after knee replacement surgery

John Harbaugh is officially on the injury report.

According to Jamison Hensley of ESPN, the reigning NFL Coach of the Year won’t be in Indianapolis next week for the NFL Combine due to a knee replacement surgery he underwent two weeks ago. It’s the first time he won’t be in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine. 

Harbaugh, 57, led the Ravens to a 14-2 regular season in 2019 — a franchise best — and won his first Coach of the Year award. 

Harbaugh and the majority of the Ravens coaching staff will return for next season after Greg Roman and Don “Wink” Martindale weren’t selected for head coach openings. 

The Ravens currently have the 28th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

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Ravens' Hayden Hurst hopes his story helps end stigma surrounding mental health

Ravens' Hayden Hurst hopes his story helps end stigma surrounding mental health

Hayden Hurst broke his silence on his struggles with depression and anxiety back in November following a documentary detailing how it affected his baseball career. The Baltimore tight end opened up even more about his experiences in an interview with First Coast News' Chris Porter and talked about his desire to end the stigma surrounding mental health. 

“I want to use my platform to help people,” he said. “For some reason, people equate mental illness with having to be ashamed. It’s something you shouldn’t talk about. I don’t think it’s anything to be ashamed of. Everybody goes through something. The best thing my parents ever did was just being available. There’s not really a right or wrong thing you can say or an answer that can change everything but just making sure you’re available and you’re understanding. If my story is going to change the narrative on this and people are going to talk about it more, then so be it.”

Before Hurst was selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Ravens, Hurst explained an unsettling incident in which he cut his own wrists and ended up in the hospital without even knowing it. 

“I woke up in the hospital,” Hurst said. “I didn’t know what happened. I had to have a friend fill me in. Apparently, I had been drinking and went into my apartment and cut my wrist. My friend found me in a puddle of blood. He called 911.”

It was at the moment he was hospitalized where Hurst realized he needed to ask for help. Now he spends his time, when he's not catching passes or blocking for Lamar Jackson, speaking to kids about his experiences and how important it is to ask for help. 

“I don’t have the answers to fix all of this. It’s still a trial and error to this day, but I will say I have much more good days than I do bad days. I’m not this superhero that’s portrayed on TV. I’m a regular person. I struggle with depression, anxiety and things like that.”

Hurst's foundation is hosting a golf tournament next week to help a Youth Crisis Center in Jacksonville, FL. 

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