A Jessup man critically hurt at Sunday's Ravens game is showing signs of progress.
The family of 55-year-old Joseph Bauer, who was beaten at Sunday's Ravens game and hospitalized, reported encouraging signs from the hospital Tuesday.
The Jessup man remains in critical condition with a brain injury, but he has given a thumbs-up at the request of doctors.
"We have been encouraged by some signs we believe indicate he recognizes his wife," said Susan Bauer, his sister. "The trauma doctor said she is 'cautiously optimistic' about his progress and he is trending in the right direction."
Joseph Bauer, however, continues to breathe on a respirator, she said. The Ravens season-ticket holder suffered a severe brain injury at the game.
Police charged two men from New York with assault, and Ravens Coach John Harbaugh called the alleged attack "absolutely inexcusable."
A witness, Gary Greggs, confirmed the account to officers, police wrote in charging documents. Greggs could not be reached Monday.
The details of the argument remained unclear. Police said Nappi and Smith were fans of the visiting Oakland Raiders.
"We're just left in shock that something this stupid could happen, and so senseless," Susan Bauer said. "I don't know who these people are. I don't know why this happened. I just hope they realize they have altered all of our lives beyond anything that we could have imagined."
She said her family was called Monday by Ravens President Dick Cass.
"We're very touched by the outpouring of sympathy and support," she said.
She said her brother is a former Marine who works at Schuster Concrete. He has two grown children — a daughter who is a dentist in the Navy and a son who also works at Schuster Concrete — and has been a Ravens fan since the team came to Baltimore.
"Here's a man and a family that have been longtime season ticket holders, that know the people here that work in the building, that love the Ravens and have been to countless numbers of games at M&T Bank Stadium without incident," Harbaugh said. "Then all of a sudden, there's an incident where a gentleman is assaulted by somebody. That's just not what we're about. We're a family. It's a family atmosphere."
Smith is a rookie firefighter in the Mount Vernon Fire Department, Chief Al Everett said. He has been suspended without pay pending an investigation.
Everett said the department was praying for Joseph Bauer and his family.