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At this rate, Smith is a shoe-in for his first Pro Bowl appearance. The real question becomes if the Associated Press’ first team All-Pro spot has become a real possibility. Smith is likely to keep up this level of play, as there is no reason (besides injury) for it to drop off. Pro Football Focus already has him rated as one of the top cornerbacks in the league. However, competition for the spot will be stiff.
Reuland, who spent the 2015 season with the Ravens, passed away last December at the age of 29 after suffering a brain aneurysm. A video tribute during Thursday night's game stated Reuland saved 75 lives through the donations of his organs, a list that includes Hall of Fame baseball player Rod Carew, who received a heart and kidney. Reuland's parents and Carew then received a standing ovation.
After the victory, wide receiver Griff Whalen handed the game ball to Ralf and Mary Reuland. A former teammate of Reuland's at Stanford, Whalen wore eye black that had "RIP" under his left eye and "Konrad" under his right.
A stray cat sprinted across the field during Thursday Night Football in Baltimore, momentarily interrupting a lopsided Dolphins-Ravens game. Commentator Tony Romo gave some hilarious analysis of the cat’s on-field moves before it was eventually corralled and hauled off the field.
According to the Ravens, the kitten has already found a new permanent home ...
“He was sliding, and the guy came in high. They're trying to take that play out, but it happens,” safety Eric Weddle said. “Maybe they'll look at in in the offseason, and in that situation, the guy should get ejected.”
Flacco threw a touchdown pass earlier in the game and helped Baltimore take a 13-0 lead before Alonso's hit ripped the helmet from the quarterback's head and put a gash near his ear that required stitches.
“Was it clean? Was it dirty? It doesn't matter,” Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley said. “At the end of the day, our quarterback went down, and the whole team took it personally.”