OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens tight end L.J. Smith could miss the rest of the preseason with a pulled hamstring, and defensive tackle Kelly Gregg also might be sidelined for an extended stretch because of a shoulder injury.
Smith hurt his leg during Monday's 24-23 victory over the New York Jets. He will be held out of Saturday's game against the Carolina Panthers and might miss the Sept. 3 preseason finale against the Atlanta Falcons.
Signed as a free agent during the offseason, the former Philadelphia Eagles standout has been tormented by injuries the past two years. Smith already was dealing with an upper hamstring pull, a hip flexor problem and the effects of a sports hernia procedure he had during the offseason.
"It's a concern," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday. "It's a hamstring pull. It's going to take him a little while. I don't know how long. You never know with those things. It's in a different spot from the other one. He's been working incredibly hard to get right.
"He's down about it. I told him, 'Don't get down about it.' We're going to try to get him ready hopefully for Atlanta and if not Atlanta, Kansas City."
"We had a little bit of a scare, I guess you could say," Harbaugh said. "We weren't exactly sure what it was. It turned out to be kind of a nagging deal. As you get older, those things get a little sore. He's going to be OK. We're going to be smart with him for the rest of the preseason."
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