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.

L.J. Smith , TE
Baltimore Ravens

2008 Statistics
Receptions: 37
Yards: 298
Touchdowns: 3

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."

Gregg also was injured during the game against the Jets. On Tuesday, he had an MRI exam that revealed no damage, but the Ravens plan to play in safe.

"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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