Steve Smith Sr. will be returning to the Baltimore Ravens and possibly play his final season after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon last year. According to the latest NFL rumors, Smith got addicted to Oxycontin which he took while recovering from surgery.
The 37-year-old wide receiver suffered the injury in a Week 8 game against the San Diego Chargers. The 2015-16 season was supposedly his final year but he did not want an injury to end his career. He announced in late December that he would be returning for his 16th season.
In an interview with Bleacher Report, Steve Smith Sr. revealed that he suffered a double Achilles tendon rupture. According to his orthopedist, Robert Anderson, it was the first double rupture he has ever seen which makes Smith’s recovery longer. When asked what it looked like during surgery, Steve and Angie Smith have different opinions.
“Raw, shredded chicken,” Angie, Steve’s wife, said. “Either the beginning or the end of something,” Steve added.
The five-time Pro Bowler noted that he got addicted to Oxycontin after the surgery because of the pain. He mentioned that he took it for 12 days and he had withdrawal symptoms after getting off the medication.
“The day I stopped, about midday I started to get ornery. I got a headache. It was my body craving the medication. I was having withdrawal symptoms,” Smith said.
However, Smith Sr. did not let the withdrawal symptoms get to him as quickly opened the bottle of Oxycontin and flushing them down the toilet. The veteran WR was in a lot of pain for first two months but he was determined to recover and play next season.
According to ESPN, Steve Smith Sr. is confident that he will be ready to play at the start of the season. Even though he has no timetable for his official return, he is determined to comeback from a horrific injury. The Ravens will possibly rely on him more next season because WR Breshad Perriman could miss the entire year due to injury.
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