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Late For Work 4/11: Torrey Smith Fully Recovered From Hernia Surgery

Harbros’ team needs, LB Wagner visits Ravens and that’s the wrong Mike Wallace.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 at 8:52 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

T. Smith Fully Recovered From Hernia Surgery

Two things rookie receiver Torrey Smith couldn’t enjoy last year: health and offseason programs with the team.

He will have both now that the speedy vertical threat declared himself fully recovered from the hernia surgery he underwent in late January. His recovery comes just in time for the Ravens’ voluntary lifting sessions scheduled to begin April 16.

“I’ll be ready come Monday,” Smith told PFT Live in the video below.

Smith was one of the most impactful rookies for the Ravens last season, hauling in 50 catches for 841 yards and a franchise rookie record seven touchdowns, despite his injury and the NFL lockout.

He said he played through pain since Week 4, following his 152-yard, three-touchdown breakout game in St. Louis, and didn’t find out until after the season that he had what he characterized as one hernia with multiple tears in his groin muscle.

The Maryland alumnus said he feels fine now and even participated in his foundation’s charity basketball game recently, where felt good enough to dunk a few times.

Given that he had such an impressive rookie season despite the injury and a typical offseason, it’s exciting to imagine what Smith will be able to accomplish now.

He told BaltimoreRavens.com that he thinks he can top 1,000 receiving yards next season and is working on becoming more consistent.

And can he be even more explosive?

“My biggest thing is that I will be healthy and whatever comes with that,” Smith said. “I was fast last year even with the injury so I wasn’t really too concerned about that. [I was just concerned about] not being able to play, about not having any pain while playing. I’m just excited about that.”

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Harbros’ Team Needs To Face Off In Super Bowl

The ‘”Harbros,‘” John and Jim Harbaugh, were a touchdown drop and an overtime loss away from facing each other in the Super Bowl last season.

Neither team, the Ravens nor 49ers, have many holes to fill in order to get over the hump in their respective conferences and compete on the world’s biggest sports stage.

In the video below, ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Trent Dilfer and Chris Mortensen discuss the intensity of the Harbaugh brothers and breakdown the moves each team can make in the draft in order to get the job done.

LB Wagner Visits Ravens

Utah State middle linebacker Bobby Wagner visited the Ravens, reports The Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson.

But Baltimore is just one stop on his tour around the NFL. He is scheduled to meet a total of 15 teams.

Ravens representatives have already gotten a look at the three-time All-Western Athletic Conference performer, as linebacker coaches reportedly attended his Pro Day in March. Wagner was unable to participate in the scouting combine because he was sick with pneumonia and required hospitalization.

The 6-foot, 241-pounder was a four-year starter and two-time captain for the Aggies. In his senior year, he notched a career-high 147 tackles with four sacks and two interceptions. He recorded 20 tackles in a single game against Louisiana Tech and added 18 more against Colorado State.

Wagner could fit in well with the Ravens, who covet versatility, as he has started at all three linebacker positions.

“[He] is known as an aggressive tackler who’s relentless and athletic in pursuit,” wrote Wilson.

Wrong Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace passed over the weekend.

Not THAT Mike Wallace.

The legendary journalist Mike Wallace, 93, best known for his work on CBS’ 60 Minutes, died Friday and apparently many thought it was the Steelers’ wide receiver.

CSNBaltimore.com compiled a sampling of confused tweeters:

  • “This Mike Wallace death is seriously bad news for the Steelers”
  • “RIP Mike Wallace. Maybe the Steelers shouldn’t have cut Hines Ward?”
  • “Sad to hear Mike Wallace died, he was a helluva receiver, the Steelers are really gonna miss him.”
  • “First the Steelers released Mike Wallace now he’s dead?” (Wallace is a restricted free agent.)
  • “RIP Mike Wallace, now the steelers def gon draft a WR in the draft #onlythegooddieyoung”

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