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Steve Smith Sr. still 'on schedule' for retirement after season

Wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. was asked for the second time in less than a week if his plans to retire after this season were intact, and maintained that his plans haven't changed despite the Ravens' downturn in circumstances this season.

"I'm taking it one game at a time -- not really focusing on that other stuff," Smith said. "I'm on schedule for what I discussed earlier in the year, and I'm enjoying it with the wins and losses."

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Smith has had a terrific year -- he leads the Ravens with 36 catches, 510 receiving yards and three touchdown catches despite playing only five games — but he's more focused on the team's struggles.

"We're 1-5, so that's really what matters," he said. "At the end of the day, statistics are statistics. But at the end of the day, the record is what you really are more encouraged and proud of. Right now, we're in the deep hole and we have to dig ourselves out of it."

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But that record, combined with him missing a game because of microfractures in his back, has led Smith to be asked several times if he's reconsidering his announced retirement after the season.

On Friday, Smith was asked and said his focus was being able to get on the plane to San Francisco with his injured back. Perhaps because of the non-answer, he was asked both by local reporters and on a conference call with Arizona media members.

"Everybody keeps asking me, and I guess because I'm not answering, they're assuming," Smith said on the conference call. "That was the last thing on my mind [last week]. I'm taking one game at a time.

"I'm still on schedule to go and do things that my family and I have scheduled and said we're going to do. Until something changes, which I don't foresee happening, I'm on schedule for what I announced earlier in the year."

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Smith credits his ability to play through his injuries to both the Ravens medical staff and his wife.

"I have a great nutritionist I'm sleeping with, which is my wife," Smith said. "She does a good job of doing her research and all that stuff, has me on a lot of things — vitamins and stuff — that I probably should be taking at my age anyway. So that's helping, and our [training] staff is tremendous."

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