PITTSBURGH — Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. was not only sore, but furious about the hit by a Pittsburgh Steeler that knocked him out of his team's eventual 23-20 victory in overtime at Heinz Field.
"How do I feel? Probably for the first time in my career, I feel like I'm 36," Smith said after the game. "I got speared in the back by an ex-teammate. I kind of know his character, who he is. After he hit me, he said, 'How do you like that.'"
"He" would seem to be Steelers safety Mike Mitchell who was a teammate of Smith's with the Carolina Panthers in 2013. However, Mitchell wasn't in on the play that resulted in Smith being hurt.
That tackle was made by Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons and cornerback Antwon Blake. It isn't clear if Smith knew that or he was just reacting to something Mitchell either said or did earlier in the game.
"The best thing I can do without threatening him and saying that I will assault him when I see him is I will say, 'I look forward to playing him again,'" Smith said. "He's on my lifetime hit list."
Smith collapsed to the ground as he tried to make it back to the Ravens' huddle following the late third-quarter hit. He did not return, finishing the game with four catches for 24 yards.
Asked about his status going forward, Smith said, "I'm trying to get through tomorrow. I'm trying to make it to the airplane."