Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., in his first comments since placing Steelers safety Mike Mitchell on his "lifetime hit list" for taunting him after what Smith thought was a hit Mitchell delivered in the Ravens' Week 4 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, added some clarity to the situation with the benefit of a bit of hindsight.
Many pointed out after Smith's initial comments that it was linebacker Lawrence Timmons who delivered the hit, not Mitchell. Smith acknowledged as much Friday.
"Timmons hit me, which I didn't know, but Mike Mitchell, a former teammate gets up and he's talking and kind of celebrating," Smith said. "He was in my face after when I got up when I was giving the ball to the ref as if he hit me. Like a moron, I assumed that he actually did something.
"And then, when I went down, because my back was hurting, he was yelling, 'Yeah, how do you like that?' and he said a few words."
As for his status on Smith's list? He says it hasn't changed.
"You get on it because you're stupid, yeah," he said.
Smith said his main issue is that Mitchell, with whom he played in Carolina, called him for counsel on personal and contract matters after they played together, and "then when I get hurt, he's sitting there celebrating."
"So that's what kind of just ticked me off because on a personal level, you ask me questions, then you get out there and you kind of forget," Smith said. "He has a tendency, he doesn't stay around teams much longer than two years, so I don't really find anything wrong with it."
Smith hasn't played since the hit was delivered, suffering several microfractures in his back and missing the Week 5 game against the Cleveland Browns. He said his expectations of playing were "very low," as the back injury hasn't opened up the way he wanted it to since returning to practice in a limited capacity Wednesday.
He has no issues with the hit, though. It's just the post-play trash talk that irked Smith.
"It was a good hit," Smith said. "I guess the guy who actually did something didn't say anything."