Two years ago, Troy Smith missed out on an opportunity to earn the Ravens' starting quarterback job because he came down with a severe case of tonsillitis.
Today, Smith missed the Ravens' passing camp because of yet another tonsil issue.
Smith recently had his tonsils removed, which head coach John Harbaugh says will keep the Ravens' backup quarterback sidelined for about two weeks.
"It's something he had to do," Harbaugh said. "Obviously he had some issues before; I don't know if it's related. It probably is because he's had some strep throat issues."
As is the case with anyone who has their tonsils removed, Harbaugh joked that Smith is probably enjoying one aspect of the recovery process.
"He's eating a bowl of ice cream right now, I would guess," Harbaugh laughed.
With Smith out, all of the reps in today's minicamp (which there were many, considering it was a passing camp) went to Joe Flacco and third-string QB John Beck.