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Jimmy Smith "on track" to return after bye week

Rookie cornerback has ditched boot designed to protect left ankle injury

By Edward Lee

2:58 PM EDT, September 28, 2011

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With the news that Domonique Foxworth’s season had ended after being placed on injured reserve Wednesday morning, the Ravens cornerback group got a bit of good news in the form of rookie Jimmy Smith.

The organization’s first-round pick in April, Smith is no longer wearing a clunky boot on his left foot to help him bounce back from a high ankle sprain. Smith walked through the team’s locker room on Wednesday without a limp in his gait or a grimace on his face.

“That’s a sign that the ankle is getting better, getting stronger,” he said. “There are still some mobility problems, but I’ve still got a little bit of time left. … It’s coming along good. It’s on track with the time and schedule that they have.”

Smith said prior to missing the team’s past two contests, he had never sat out a game due to injury. But Smith said he’s happy that the injury occurred earlier in the season rather than later when the team could be in the midst of making a run to the postseason.

“I’m frustrated in the sense that I wish I was out there playing,” he said. “But at the same time, I’m not sitting here, down on myself. It’s part of football. You get hurt. You come back.”

Smith said the target return date is Oct. 16 when the Ravens come back from the bye week to meet the Houston Texans.

“That’s not being too optimistic,” he said. “That’s what I’m gearing for, and that’s what I’m hoping for. That’s the Texans game. So I’m doing everything I can to get back.”