The Ravens opened their team meeting on Wednesday morning by praying for Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, who remained hospitalized for a second consecutive night while doctors monitor his back injury.
"Our thoughts are with him, our prayers are with him," coach John Harbaugh said. "We have great respect for him."
Shazier was injured in the Steelers' 23-20 win over the Bengals on Monday night, when the crown of his helmet hit into Bengals receiver Josh Malone's hip area. He immediately reached for his lower back and was removed from the field while being strapped to a board.
Asked what he was thinking when Shazier got injured, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said, "I always say it, this is a different sport. Every time we go out there on the field, you take a lot of risk. You understand what the consequences are playing this game. That's what makes it a little bit different. That's also what makes it exciting and what makes people want to watch. It's unscripted and you never know what's going to happen. But, man, I feel for him and his teammates and his family. I can't imagine what they're going through."
The Ravens and Steelers have had one of the most heated rivalries in football for over a decade. It's a series that has featured season-ending hits and broken noses (just ask Ben Roethlisberger).
But serious injuries like the one to Shazier goes beyond bragging rights.
"You pray for a person like that," Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace said. "You never want to see that happen to anybody, no matter what team he's on. We're all one family -- the NFL family -- at the end of the day."