On Now
Coming Up
  • Wed., Jul. 27, 2016 4:00 PM EDT Live Training Camp Press Conference QB Joe Flacco, RB Justin Forsett and OLB Terrell Suggs will address the media.
  • Thu., Jul. 28, 2016 11:30 AM EDT Live Training Camp Press Conference Head coach John Harbaugh, RB Javorius Allen, T Ronnie Stanley and S Eric Weddle will address the media.
  • Fri., Jul. 29, 2016 11:30 AM EDT Live Training Camp Press Conference Head coach John Harbaugh, tight ends coach Richard Angulo, TE Dennis Pitta, DT Brandon Williams and G Marshal Yanda will address the media.
  • Mon., Aug. 01, 2016 7:00 PM EDT Training Camp Military Appreciation Day The first M&T Bank Stadium practice will take place on Monday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. This practice – free and open to all fans – coincides with the Ravens’ annual Military Appreciation Day. Approximately 3,500 special seats will be reserved for active service members and veterans who present valid military identification upon check-in at the stadium.
  • Sat., Aug. 06, 2016 6:00 PM EDT Training Camp Fireworks Night On Saturday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m., the second M&T Bank Stadium practice will showcase the organization’s third-annual Fireworks Night, an event highlighted by post-practice autographs for children and a fireworks/laser show.
  • Fri., Sep. 09, 2016 5:00 PM EDT Countdown To Kickoff Party Presented By Miller Lite Grammy Award®-nominated rock band 3 DOORS DOWN will perform at the Ravens Countdown to Kickoff Party Presented by Miller Lite on Friday, Sept. 9 at Maryland State Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Open to all ages.
  • Mon., Oct. 03, 2016 5:00 PM EDT A Purple Evening A Purple Evening is back! Join Purple on Monday, October 3rd for on-field drills, player appearances and autographs, giveaways, and much more! Tickets will go on sale soon. Check Purple-Just for Women on Facebook for the latest club and event information.
  • Sun., Oct. 23, 2016 7:30 AM EDT Purple Away Game Trip Up the Jersey Turnpike we go! Hit the road with the Purple Club on Sunday, October 23rd to watch our Baltimore Ravens take on the New York Jets for a 1:00 p.m. game at MetLife Stadium. Don't miss your chance to join the only NFL women's fan club to travel into unfamiliar territory!
  • Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 2:00 PM EST Army vs. Navy Football Don't miss one of the greatest events you can ever attend! The Army-Navy Game presented by USAA returns to M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, December 10, 2016

News

Print
RSS

Cornerback Jimmy Smith Eager To Get Back On Field

Posted Dec 14, 2012

The second-year cornerback has missed the last five games with a sports hernia injury.


For more than a month, Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith has spent the bulk of his time in the team’s training room. The second-year cornerback has been relegated to the sidelines because of a sports hernia injury that has kept him out of the last five games.

But now he’s close to getting back on the field.

Smith returned to practice last week and has been a full participant this week. He could potentially make his return Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

"Absolutely,” Smith responded when asked if he’s eager to return. "I’ve missed 10 games in my first two years. Anything I need to get on the field is what I want to do. For some reason my path has just led me to the training room.”

Smith had a sports hernia operation following the Week 10 victory over the Raiders, which he sat out because of the injury. He also missed five games during his rookie season after suffering an ankle injury on the opening kickoff of the season.

Since returning to practice last week, Smith has responded well to the running and contact.

"I feel really good,” he said. "No setbacks since the surgery. I’ve been out there running pretty fast and moving like I should, so I feel pretty good.”

The Ravens have pushed Smith in practice, as Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees said he’s not looking to ease his players back into action. He wants to give Smith a full workload in practice to see what he can handle, and then determine whether he’s ready to return for game action.

"I think you have to go out there and see what he can do,” Pees said. "If they can’t, then OK, I know they can’t. To sit there and try to piecemeal everything in there, it just curtails you so much and it hurts the rest of the defense. I think you just put the stuff in, you go out there, you practice it and then you make the determination as a coach if this guy can get it done with what we want to do. If he can’t, then you curtail it for Sunday, but not during the week. You have to find out.”

The injuries have made for a frustrating start to Smith’s career. The first-round pick came in with big expectations last season, but he has started only five games in his young career.

Despite the injuries, Smith isn’t discouraged.

"I’m not going to sit here and say, ‘Woe is me,’” Smith said. "I’m definitely sick of sitting in the training room. I don’t like the injuries part. But I just want to get out there and do what I can do. Everybody has a different road.”

Whenever the Ravens are able to get Smith back on the field, it will be a boost for a defense that has been hit hard with injuries. Corey Graham, who was the No. 4 corner to open the season, has been starting since Smith and Lardarius Webb both went down with injuries.

Recently-acquired defensive back Chris Johnson has also been working as the nickel cornerback after the Ravens signed him to add some depth in the secondary.

With games against Pro Bowlers Peyton Manning, Eli Manning and Andy Dalton to finish the regular season, the Ravens need all the help they can get in the secondary and putting Smith back in the lineup could enhance that unit.

"Obviously it helps having five instead of four,” Smith said. "The depth, the talent level. I think that me coming back and being able to perform at a high level will definitely help our team for our playoff push, especially with all the injuries.”

 

Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Related News

Recent Videos

Recent Photos