By Daniel Benjamin
Cornerback Jimmy Smith is once again the Baltimore Ravens’ biggest injury concern as they head into their game against AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.READ MORE: WJZ & Baltimore Orioles Celebrate 13th Weather Day At Camden Yards
Smith did not practice all week, and is listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report due to a back issue. However, the Ravens have not ruled him out for the game.
“If he gets healthy enough, he’ll play in the game even without the practice,” coach John Harbaugh said. “I think they have a better handle on exactly what it is right now. Specifically, they have a good handle on it. It’s more muscular. That’s good news. If it clears up and he can go, he’ll play. If it doesn’t, if he can’t be close to 100 percent, we’ll just have to wait until next week. We’re confident in the guys we have as well.”
Smith did not play last week in the Ravens’ loss to Dallas. And Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott took advantage as he completed 75 percent of his passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns. Smith generally matches up against the opposition’s top receiver.
Backup tight end Crockett Gillmore and outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil are also listed as doubtful. Gillmore did not practice on Friday after being limited in practice the first two days. Dumervil was a full practice participant all week. Offensive lineman Alex Lewis and reserve running back Lorenzo Taliaferro have already been declared out for the game.
Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan are expected to play
Williams and Jernigan are two key members of the Ravens defensive line. Both players were full participants in practice on Friday. Williams (back/hand) did not practice on Wednesday, though he was a full-go on Thursday. Jernigan was limited the first two days of practice.
Williams is very good against the run and one of the team’s strongest players. He’s started all 10 games this year, registering 31 tackles and a sack. Jernigan (shoulder) has started nine games and is second on the team with five sacks. Jernigan also has 27 tackles, three tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one interception.READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Warm & Sunny Friday, Alert Day On Saturday
Bengals Injury Report
The Bengals come into M&T Bank Stadium pretty banged up. Cincinnati put two players—running back Giovani Bernard and rookie cornerback William Jackson—on injured reserve this week. Bernard was a key contributor in the Bengals run and pass game while Jackson, the team’s first round draft pick, had not appeared in a game this year as a result of a torn pectoral muscle. They also won’t have the services of their top wide receiver A.J. Green (hamstring) for Sunday’s game.
Other than Green, tight end C.J. Uzomah (calf) and safety Shawn Williams (hamstring) are in the most danger of the game against the Ravens. Both of them are considered doubtful for the game as neither player practiced this week. Long-snapper Clark Harris (groin) and safety Derron Smith (thigh) are listed as questionable. In the meantime, quarterback Andy Dalton (right shoulder), wide receivers Brandon LaFell (knee) and James Wright; cornerbacks Josh Shaw (hip) and Dre’ Kirkpatrick (knee); guard Clint Boiling (shoulder) and half-back Ryan Hewitt (foot) are considered good to go.
- G/T Alex Lewis (ankle) – Did Not Participate In Practice
- RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh) – Did Not Participate In Practice
- DT Timmy Jernigan (shoulder) – Full Participant In Practice
- DT Brandon Williams (Back/Hand) – Full Participant In Practice
- G/T Marshal Yanda (Shoulder) – Full Participant In Practice
- OLB Elvis Dumervil (foot) – Full Participant In Practice
- TE Crockett Gillmore (thigh) – Did Not Participate In Practice
- CB Jimmy Smith (back) – Did Not Participate In Practice
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