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Hospitalized Ravens fan showing signs of improvement, sister says

A Baltimore Ravens fan who was assaulted at last Sunday's game at M&T Bank Stadium showed signs of improvement Tuesday.

Joseph Bauer, 55, gave a thumbs-up sign when asked to do so by doctors, according to his sister. He remains in critical condition on a respirator at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

"We have been encouraged by some signs we believe indicate he recognizes his wife," Susan Bauer, Joseph Bauer's sister, told The Baltimore Sun. "The trauma doctor said she is 'cautiously optimistic' about his progress and he is trending in the right direction."

Bauer, a Ravens season-ticket holder, suffered a severe brain injury in a fight with two Raiders fans at M&T Bank Stadium. Scott Smith, 30, and Andrew Nappi, 31, both from New York, were each charged with first- and second-degree assault.

"Whatever security has to be out there and whatever has to be done will be done, because this is just not we're about," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "We're not going to have that at M&T Bank Stadium. Our prayers are with Joe and his family. We'll be pulling for him."