Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith and Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell collided on Thanksgiving Day at the goal line on one of the most gruesome plays that you will ever see. Both players were concussed, and Bell definitely received the worst of it after his helmet flew off on the play. Since his helmet fell off before he scored, the play was ruled dead and the touchdown revoked in a cruel manner. The good news, though, is that both players are healthy, as Bell reportedly looked good yesterday and Smith has been cleared.
Following the game last Thursday, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh stated that Smith would be “OK”, and he said today that Smith has cleared all of the steps of the concussion protocol. That’s great news indeed, and it means that Smith is just about a lock to play in this week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta is expected to make his 2013 debut against the Vikings after suffering an offseason hip injury, and the Ravens official Twitter account tweets that Harbaugh stated Pitta was in New York yesterday in order to get his hip re-evaluated. That’s good news for the Ravens, who are battling for a playoff spot and would love to get their star TE back. Pitta would greatly help the entire offense, but the Ravens and Pitta know that it’s still best to take things slow due to the severity of Pitta’s hip injury. His status for this week’s game is up-in-the-air, so keep an eye out for all updates regarding his status.