Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith has four broken bones in his back, and wide receiver Michael Campanaro will be placed on injured reserve with a herniated disc, Chick Hernandez of CSN reported on Saturday morning, according to a team source. The Ravens responded to the situation by trading for wide receiver Chris Givens on Saturday, sending the Rams a conditional pick in return, the team announce Saturday morning.
How long Smith would be out remained uncertain, he was off to a terrific start as the team's leading receiver at age 36. Smith plans to retire after this season, but the Ravens will sorely miss his playmaking ability if he is forced to be out for a significant period. They will also miss Campanaro. He scored his first touchdown of the season Thursday and has shown an ability to make plays since joining the Ravens. However, Campanaro has been injury prone during his brief career, and this setback was the latest. Both Smith and Campanaro suffered their injuries during Thursday night's game in Pittsburgh.
Injuries at wide receiver are threatening to ruin the Ravens' season, with rookie wideout Bresdhad Perriman still out indefinitely with a knee injury. The Ravens hope Givens will help pick up the slack, but just two days after getting their first win, the Ravens (1-3) find themselves dealing with major injury news regarding Smith and Campanaro. - csnmidatlantic