OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- A day after Steve Smith suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury, the Baltimore Ravens made it clear they would welcome him back, but they haven't gotten an official decision from the five-time Pro Bowler on whether he's coming back next season.
"He didn't express any decisions to me, one way or the other," coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "I think probably it's too emotional of a time right now to make a decision like that. He'll make those decisions in due time."
Smith, 36, announced in training camp that he would retire following the 2015 season. But, after Sunday's 29-26 win over the Chargers, Harbaugh said he felt Smith was coming back. Smith is under contract with the Ravens through the 2016 season.
Asked if he would try to persuade Smith to return, Harbaugh said Monday, "I'll respect him and we'll see where it goes."
Smith is scheduled to undergo surgery next week in Charlotte, N.C., where Dr. Robert Anderson will perform the operation. He'll be immobilized for a minimum of six weeks, according to Harbaugh.
"He'll be on the rehab program from there on out," Harbaugh said. "And we'll take it from there."