The Baltimore Ravens may be without second-year wide receiver Torrey Smith for tonight's game against the New England Patriots after Smith's younger brother Tevin was killed in a motorcycle accident early Sunday morning.
I can't believe my little brother is gone...be thankful for your loved ones and tell them you love them...this is the hardest thing ever
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) September 23, 2012
Smith left the team's hotel early Sunday morning to be with his family, but according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com has told head coach John Harbaugh that he will play against the Patriots. The Ravens will reportedly leave the decision on whether or not to play up to Smith, who has four receptions for 108 yards in two games this season.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Torrey Smith after the passing of his brother, Tevin," the Ravens announced on their official Twitter page.
"This is devastatingly sad, sad news," Harbaugh said on Sunday morning. "Torrey and his family are a close, special family, and our hearts and thoughts reach out to all of them. Our hearts ache today. We pray for Tevin, his mother, Torrey and the rest of the family. God bless Tevin."
As the oldest of seven children, Smith helped care for his younger siblings while his mother balanced attending community college during the day and working at night. Smith discussed his upbringing at the 2011 Scouting Combine.
"Yes, I was the oldest of seven. It had its ups and downs," Smith said. "I was always with my family. There were certain times when other kids would be able to go and have fun doing something, and I had responsibility. But that's something I would not take back."
Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go out to Torrey Smith and his family after this terrible tragedy.
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