The loss of cornerback Jimmy Smith for the season with a torn Achilles tendon hurts, but it would have been more devastating in recent years.
Unlike then, the Ravens have young talent at cornerback — rookie Marlon Humphrey and second year-player Maurice Canady. They will miss Smith, who was the team’s shutdown cornerback, his loss isn’t necessarily a death sentence.
“He has just got to get more experience, but all the intangibles are there,” Ravens veteran cornerback Brandon Carr said of Humphrey. “He is smart, physical and can run. He is willing to take his lumps and he is going to be OK. Losing Jimmy hurts, but the next guy has to be ready to play.”