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Ravens: WR Steve Smith Sr. makes a return to practice

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Great news out of Owings Mills today, as the Baltimore Ravens top wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. made a return to the practice field, according to the Ravens’ official Twitter account.

As mentioned in the tweet, Smith has been out since October 7, following a sprained ankle suffered in the Ravens’ loss to the Washington Redskins.

Despite only practicing in a limited fashion, this is great news for the Ravens. The offense has been awful during the 37 year old’s absence. His return, hopefully in addition to offensive line starters, should provide a huge boost to the struggling unit.

While Smith did return to the practice field, there is no reports on whether Smith will be available to play on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Smith did speak earlier in the week about Steelers safety Mike Mitchell, who was put on Smith’s lifetime hit list last season following an incident where Mitchell taunted Smith after a big hit from Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons. When asked about the incident this week, Smith claimed that Mitchell is still in fact on the hit list. As a result, Smith has added motivation to make a return this week.

Agent 89 could prove crucial this week in taking some of the pressure off of Ravens running back Terrance West to be the catalyst for the offense, as the Ravens will need all the offensive fire power they can muster, especially if Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger plays.