The Ravens are playing well defensively and have a key member returning to their secondary.
Veteran cornerback Jimmy Smith was a full participant in practice Wednesday for the first time during the regular season. Smith served a four-game suspension to start the year and he has not played a regular-season game since Dec. 3 after tearing his Achilles.
Head Coach John Harbaugh said he would monitor Smith in practice this week before deciding on his status for Sunday’s game in Cleveland. The Ravens have three cornerbacks who have been solid all season – Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr and Tavon Young.
“He says he’s been training; I’m sure he has,” Harbaugh said of Smith. “It will be fun to get out here and watch him play, and we’ll know when you know.”
Rookie tight end Hayden Hurst (foot) was still limited in Wednesday’s practice after being limited throughout last week. Hurst did not play Week 4 in Pittsburgh, but he hoped to show enough in practice this week to be activated Sunday. It will be important to see if Hurst goes to full participation.
“We’ll see how it goes, but I feel really good,” Hurst said.
Defensive tackle Willie Henry (abdomen) practiced on a limited basis. It was the first regular-season practice for Henry, who had hernia surgery in August.
Running back Alex Collins (knee) and linebacker Chris Board (concussion) were limited in practice.
Those who did not practice were cornerback Brandon Carr (knee), cornerback Anthony Averett (hamstring), linebacker/defensive back Anthony Levine Sr. (hamstring), and linebacker Tim Williams (hamstring). Wide receivers John Brown and Michael Crabtree, safety Eric Weddle, and guard Marshal Yanda did not practice for non-injury related reasons.