Harbaugh: Marcus Smith’s injury is serious

Street Talk Harbaugh: Marcus Smith’s injury is serious

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BALTIMORE — Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marcus Smith suffered a serious injury to his right knee, and it’s feared that he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament.


He’s scheduled to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam this morning.


"It looks serious," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Smith following a 23-0 preseason victory over the Washington Redskins. "It looks like he has a serious knee. It could be an ACL."


Smith said it’s possible that it could be either an ACL or a medial collateral ligament injury, but seemed downcast about the situation after he limped off the field after tackling Redskins running back Marcus Mason in the second quarter.


"It’s devastating because I’ve never had something like this happen to me before," said Smith, who was on crutches following the game. "I’m frustrated, upset, a little pissed off.  I’m just praying that it’s not too bad. We don’t know for sure yet.


"If it’s the ACL, then I’m out for the year. I’m hoping it’s the MCL, because I can bounce back from that. I got hurt. It’s part of the game. You don’t think about getting hurt. You think about working your butt off to get back out there."


Meanwhile, quarterback John Beck injured his throwing shoulder when he was hit following a 64-yard completion to wide receiver Jayson Foster in the fourth quarter. He’ll undergo an MRI today.

"I don’t know what it is exactly," said Beck, who left the game and was replaced by Troy Smith. "If it was my non-throwing shoulder, I would have stayed in. I could tell something was wrong when I came out."


Free safety Haruki Nakamura suffered a right shoulder stinger, but Harbaugh said it’s not regarded as serious.


"It’s not a big deal," Nakamura said. "I could have gone back into the game if they had needed me."


Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and Ravens24x7.com. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors.  More from Aaron Wilson


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