The Baltimore Ravens have lost cornerback Jimmy Smith for the rest of the season with an Achilles injury. He’s also serving a four-game suspension for PED use.
Smith has also been suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Twitter. Schefter also notes that since Smith is out for the season with his injury, he won’t appeal the suspension and will serve it while out.
With Smith out for the season, rookie and first-round draft pick Marlon Humphrey will likely be replacing him on the right side as Brandon Carr continues to play on the left side. Humphrey came in for Smith against the Lions on Sunday and was quickly beat for two deep balls by Marvin Jones, however, Humphrey did come up with an interception in the game.
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Losing Smith for the season is going to be a major hit for what’s been an excellent Baltimore Ravens secondary this year. Smith was having a Pro Bowl-caliber season so far, leading the league with a 37.0 passer rating on balls thrown his way.
The Baltimore Ravens secondary as a whole has been a force to be reckoned with this year. They’re fourth in the NFL in fewest total passing yards allowed (2,383), tied for third in fewest passing touchdowns allowed (12), top in the league in interceptions (20), and second in the league in lowest passer rating against (68.2).
This will be Humphrey’s chance to step up and show the NFL why he was drafted in the first round this year. Safety Eric Weddle acknowledged that the loss of Smith is significant, but they’ll get past it. “The secondary is the strength of our team,” he said. “So, we’re not going to sit back and be sorry for ourselves.”
“He has played at an All-Pro level this year,” Coach John Harbaugh said. “[But] we have a lot of depth. We have a lot of good, young players. We’ll step up, and we’ll still play at a really high level in the secondary. I’m really confident in that.”