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Rough day for Ravens receivers, Steve Smith says he played 'terrible'

"At the end of the day, I have to stay focused," said Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith when asked about his poor play against the Chargers. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

Ravens veteran wide receiver Steve Smith spoke bluntly late Sunday afternoon, clearly disgusted with his performance during a one-point loss to the San Diego Chargers.

It was arguably the worst game the five-time Pro Bowl selection has played since signing a three-year, $11 million contract with the Ravens in March.

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Smith caught only one pass for 2 yards in the 34-33 loss at M&T Bank Stadium. He failed to haul in a potential touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone and also was penalized for an illegal shift penalty.

Although targeted four times, Smith wasn't a factor one week removed from catching a touchdown in a victory over the New Orleans Saints.

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"I pretty much played terrible," Smith said. "When I got an opportunity, I didn't do anything to help us offensively. In a situation like that, they're playing with 10 men. That falls directly on me.

"I can attribute it to a lot of stuff, but, at the end of the day, I have to stay focused. The game is a roller-coaster. Each individual guy has expectations, but, at the end of the day, you get paid to be focused and focused throughout the whole game."

This was a game where the Ravens needed much more from Smith, especially with wide receivers Torrey Smith and Marlon Brown leaving with injuries and not returning.

Brown suffered a concussion during the first half after landing hard on his head and back while making his third catch of the game on a high pass from quarterback Joe Flacco. Brown was on the ground motionless before he responded after trainers and team doctor Leigh Ann Curl attended to him.

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Brown then walked off the field under his own power and immediately went inside the locker room for testing under the NFL concussion protocol. He was in the middle of one of his better games, having caught three passes for 25 yards when he got hurt.

"It's tough," Steve Smith said. "You're concerned about them, but you've still got to play and you've still got a game going on. You never want to see a guy get hurt."

Late in the game, Torrey Smith limped off the field and was favoring his right knee. He declined to discuss his injury, and he is expected to undergo further examination Monday to determine the severity.

"That's something that coach and I will have to address," Torrey Smith said when asked about not being in the game for the last series after he got hurt. "I don't know when I'm supposed to be going and when I'm not supposed to be going. I'll let coach handle it."

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