Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Marlon Humphrey's reps increased in Week 13 due to Jimmy Smith injury

Report: Ravens CB Jimmy Smith Suspended Four Games for PED Violation Report | Jimmy Smith receives 4-game suspension
Betsy Taylor | 06 December, 2017, 01:09

"It's different than it has been before", head coach John Harbaugh said.

"The guys are very vigilant for the most part on that, and sometimes they make mistakes", Harbaugh said.

The Ravens are expected to place Smith on injured reserve this week.

Yesterday, it was reported that Smith was declared out for the season by the team after tearing his Achilles during Baltimore's 44-20 home thumping of the Detroit Lions. I didn't like it, and I was happy to sneak by with my C. To me, it's the players' responsibility to do it. The Ravens signed free agent cornerback Brandon Carr over the offseason and used their first-round draft pick to select Marlon Humphrey out of Alabama. We have a lot of good, young players.

Smith was having the best season of his career, notching three interceptions and nine pass breakups while constantly covering the opponent's top wide receiver.


If Smith didn't go down with a significant injury, he might have missed the final four regular season games anyway, depending on the outcome of the appeal.

On the season, the Ravens rank third in total passing yardage allowed and eighth in yards per attempt.

"Maurice is a versatile guy", Harbaugh said. "Our offense needed to step up and they did, and I'm really proud of them for that".

"It hasn't been ideal to this point", Flacco said, "but we have set ourselves up to the point where we are playing meaningful December football, and that's one of the goals at the end of the day". "[But] we have a lot of depth". Humphrey made some adjustments and was able to get an interception that sealed the victory for the Ravens late in the fourth quarter.

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