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Baltimore Ravens CB Jimmy Smith carted off the field with apparent lower-body injury

Owings Mills, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith (22) practices at the Under Amour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith had to be carted off the field Friday after suffering what appeared to be a lower-body injury.

Smith tangled awkwardly with tight end Mark Andrews as they fell following an incompletion, and news about his condition expected soon.

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Jimmy Smith's lower leg injury puts a hole in PFF's third-ranked coverage unit: Smith's lower leg injury is concerning, but the Ravens have weathered his absence successfully before. The injury should have little impact on their futures markets, even if it is as serious as first reports indicate.

Injury could shift focus to Ravens offense: The Ravens defense has the third-best market-implied power rating. They sit fourth offensively, but the Jimmy Smith injury could alter the outlook for totals at the game level. If the Ravens rely more on their offensive output in 2021, we should see game totals continue to rise.


The Ravens are used to life without Smith: Losing Jimmy Smith would be a blow to the Baltimore secondary, but it is not an unfamiliar one. Smith hasn't played in 16 games or more than 700 snaps for the team since the 2015 season. His role in recent years has transitioned to more of a depth piece than the starting corner he once was.

Tavon Young returns: The Ravens reinforced their defensive backfield in the draft with Shaun Wade, but Tavon Young’s return could also fill the void. Young has missed almost all of the last two seasons, with just 39 snaps to his name since 2018, but he has the quality to be a high-level nickel corner for the team if he can return healthy.

Don’t worry about the Ravens defense: Whether the team is forced into long-term juggling at the position, the Ravens are better-placed than most teams to patch up that kind of loss. Their top two corners are both excellent starters, and Baltimore is one of the most blitz-happy teams in football, often minimizing coverage asks from defensive backs and hiding any liabilities they may have.

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