NFL Wide Receiver News: Steve Smith Sr. ‘Unretires,’ Dez Bryant on IR

December 30, 2015 Updated: January 1, 2016
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Smith was adamant that this season would be his last. But following a devastating Achilles injury in Week 8 that wiped out his season, along with the Baltimore Ravens posting their worst season in years, the odds have pointed toward Smith coming back. And he is. 

Smith turned 37 in May, but he was one of the league’s best receivers before his injury, posting 670 yards and 3 touchdowns in just 7 games. 

This may slightly change the Ravens’ plans in the draft, where originally, the wide receiver position was one of the Ravens’ greater needs.

On the other hand, Cowboys star receiver Dez Bryant is heading to the team’s injured reserve. Bryant is set to undergo surgery on his foot and ankle within the next week. Bryant missed the first half of the season due to surgery performed on a foot fracture, so it’s very possible he was rushed back too soon and thus ended up aggravating the injury. 

It’s been a lost season of sorts for Bryant, who has been hampered by injuries, inadequate quarterback play, and perhaps mediocre play of his own. The receiver finishes the year with just 401 yards and 3 touchdowns in 9 games, well below his 2014 totals of 1320 yards and 16 touchdowns.