BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 11: Torrey Smith #82 of the Baltimore Ravens wears a patch commemorating the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks before the start of the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Reports confirm that Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith has left the team hotel to be with his family after his younger brother passed away following a motorcycle accident on Sunday.
Terrible news for the Baltimore Ravens' Torrey Smith on Sunday, as the young wide receiver Tweeted that his little brother, Tevin, passed away at some point in the early morning. According to a Tweet from Jason La Canfora, he was involved in a motorcycle accident at around two in the morning. La Canfora's Tweet also says that Smith has left the hotel that the Ravens are staying at in advance of Sunday night's game against the New England Patriots.
In the initial Tweet, Smith said "this is the hardest thing ever," and proceeded to Tweet a picture of his younger sibling. ESPN corroborates the report that Smith left the team hotel early in the morning after hearing of the accident. According to Evan Silva via Twitter, Sal Paolantonio said that Smith informed the Ravens that he still wants to play on Sunday:
Per Sal Paolantonio, Torrey Smith informed #Ravens he still wants to play 2nite despite brother's death. Team will leave decision up to him.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) September 23, 2012
There is plenty of time to make that decision. The Ravens don't play until 8:20 p.m. ET, as they're the showcased game for Sunday Night Football against the Patriots. Inactives come out approximately an hour prior to the game, so if it's not reported by then, that will be the first indication of Smith's playing status following this tragedy.