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Marvin Lewis

Ravens news, notes and opinions on loss of J. Smith, what's next, unheralded offensive line

Ravens news, notes and opinions on loss of J. Smith, what's next, unheralded offensive line

The attention on Jimmy Smith’s season-ending Achilles tendon tear and subsequent suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs has focused on the present and rightly so. Smith was in the midst of perhaps his best season, and now the Ravens have to try to make the playoffs without their top cover cornerback. That their final four games feature matchups against wide receivers Antonio Brown, Josh Gordon, T.Y. Hilton and A.J. Green only adds to that challenge.

However, Smith’s loss could significantly affect the Ravens in 2018, too. One, there’s certainly no...

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