It’s official, Steve Smith Sr. has passed his physical and will taken off the Ravens PUP list.
Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. has passed his physical and will be taken off PUP list. He's expected to practice as early as Monday.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) August 17, 2016
A long time coming for Smith Sr., as he tore his Achilles back in November of 2015.
It’s been apparent for a few weeks that Steve wants to be out on the field; he’s been found on multiple occasions talking with teammates on the sidelines of practice and even arguing with a referee about a catch near the out-of-bounds marker. Just yesterday he was at the podium post-practice receiving an award commending his charity and giving for the community.
Smith Sr. was on the warpath last season, with seven games played he produced 46 catches, 670 yards and three touchdowns. Smith Sr. was averaging over ten targets a game, and was keeping pace with Julio Jones and Antonio Brown for yards until the Achilles tear. It’s tough to judge how effective the 13 year vet will be, but if any player in NFL history can produce at 37 coming back from this injury, it’s Steve Smith.
Only three players remain on the PUP list: Elvis Dumervil, Lorenzo Taliaferro and Breshad Perriman. Harbaugh still believes he’ll see all of them before week one of the regular season.