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Jimmy Smith, Ray Rice Leave Game With Injuries


The Ravens secondary has taken another hit.  

Starting cornerback Jimmy Smith went down with a chest injury early in the first quarter of Saturday's matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. Smith left the game for further examination, and X-rays on his chest came back negative.

The injury was a scary moment for Smith and the Ravens, but the good news is that it's not considered serious.

"He should be fine," Head Coach John Harbaugh said.

Smith was hurt after landing on his back while defending a pass intended for Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant. He initially stood up after the play but then went back to the turf and was shown on the television broadcast spitting up blood. Several trainers and team doctors attended to him on the field, and he then walked off the field to the team bench under his own power.

Having Smith go down is a tough blow for the secondary, as the Ravens are already dangerously thin at cornerback. Lardarius Webb (back) and Asa Jackson (ankle) both sat out Saturday's game as they recover from training camp injuries.

Webb hasn't practiced since the first week of training camp because of a back injury. He told reporters this week that he would return soon and that he hopes to play in the preseason. Jackson was hurt during last week's practices with the 49ers, and Harbaugh has described his injury as "minor."

With Smith, Webb and Jackson all out, the Ravens' top two cornerbacks are Chykie Brown and Dominique Franks.

The Ravens also had another injury scare later in the first half when running back Ray Rice left the game with a shoulder problem. Rice also had X-rays on his shoulder, which came back negative.

As Rice left the field to go to the locker room, he told Ravens sideline reporter Brent Harris, "Don't be nervous. I'm fine."

Harbaugh told reporters that Rice's injury is a shoulder bruise.

"It shouldn't be anything too serious," Harbaugh said.

Other than Rice and Smith, the Ravens got out of the game healthy, Harbaugh said.

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