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Kamar Aiken says hand injury 'will be fine,' leads Ravens in catches again

Jon Meoli
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
Kamar Aiken said his hand injury will be OK: "They're not going to be able to keep me out."

Wide receiver Kamar Aiken turned in another impressive performance as the Ravens’ top receiver, this time fighting through a third-quarter hand injury to lead the Ravens in receiving yards for a third straight week.

Aiken missed part of a series as the Ravens’ medical staff examined his hand, and though he returned for the fourth quarter, he wasn’t sure of the prognosis.

“I think it will be fine,” Aiken said. “They’re not going to be able to keep me out unless I’m just unable physically to go out there. You never know when you’re going to get another play. I’m going to take advantage of every last one I get.”

Aiken had seven catches for 63 yards at the time of his injury, and returned to catch one pass for three yards. His game-high eight catches for 66 yards tied a Ravens team record set in 2007 by Derrick Mason with eight straight games with five catches or more.

Aiken has 70 receptions for 868 yards this season, both of which lead the Ravens. He’s done most of his damage since star receiver Steve Smith Sr. went down with a torn Achilles tendon in Week 8, catching 45 passes for 535 yards and three scores since becoming the top receiver.

“Steve’s been in my ear all year, just telling me how to deal with different stuff and how to take care of my body and do little stuff like that,” Aiken said. “I’m still just being myself.”

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