By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
5:14 PM EDT, August 15, 2012
One week after the Ravens' starters played briefly into the second quarter during a 31-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons to start the preseason, a longer workload likely awaits them Friday night against the Detroit Lions.
The starters could play as much as the entire first half when the Ravens have their first home preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium.
"I think we'll play it by ear right now," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "It could be as much as a half or it might not be. We'll just play it by ear and see how it's going. Again, it will be more individual, some guys staying in longer than some guys."
Harbaugh declined to say when asked specifically if the team will be cautious and hold out starting wide receiver Torrey Smith, who has a sprained right ankle.
"We'll see," Harbaugh said. "I don't really want to mention anybody in particular right now."
Meanwhile, cornerback Jimmy Smith didn't finish practice as he walked stiffly off the field accompanied by a trainer.
Smith has missed time this month with a back issue.
However, cornerback Lardarius Webb predicted that Smith will have a bigger role in the defensive rotation this game.