It was back in mid-June, seven months after Steve Smith Sr. suffered what was initially believed to be a career-ending Achilles tendon injury and weeks before he returned to the practice field, when the veteran receiver suggested he could make his 1,000th career catch, immediately get into his car and drive home for good.
Now three receptions short of becoming the 14th receiver all time to hit the milestone, Smith is no longer entertaining the idea.
“Not from Dallas,” Smith said after Wednesday's practice, where the Ravens continued preparation for Sunday's road matchup against the Cowboys. “That's a long drive.”
When he decided to return for a...